Perks of living at Riverside Village highlights North Augusta Chamber breakfast

November 17, 2018

Friday morning at the North Augusta Chamber of Commerce’s regular breakfast meeting, area residents got a glimpse of what the “live” portion of Riverside Village’s “live, work, play” setup looks like.

Ironwood Apartments, a 280-apartment complex, already has residents living and playing in Riverside Village.

Amber Hobbs, manager of the apartments, talked about the many amenities the complex offers, including an outdoor, saltwater pool open year-round, a resident club and fitness center.

Hobbs said she has heard that residents plan to go to the pool even in December. Ironwood also offers events for residents each month, including wind-down Wednesday and Taco Tuesday, Hobbs said.

Another amenity Ironwood offers is a state-of-the-art fitness center with yoga, and a fitness trainer who offers classes twice a week, Hobbs said.

She also mentioned the proximity of the apartments to the river and the Greeneway.

Another upcoming fixture to Riverside Village is the Crowne Plaza Hotel, which will be opening Dec. 27.

“When asked who we are and who we are not, I simply say this: this is new to the CSRA area, this is a very open air, very contemporary, very high-tech facility,” said David Sulak, sales and marketing manager for the hotel.

The total combines space in the hotel is 18,000 square feet, Sulak said, which includes a ballroom, courtyard, rooftop bar, pre-function space and smaller meeting rooms.

“We clearly have satisfied the needs in the area for something new because we are picking up a tremendous amount of business,” Sulak said.

He said they are aggressively going after corporations and small- and medium-sized associations, and have been “on fire” with planning for wedding receptions.

Another aspect of the hotel discussed Friday morning was the Salt and Marrow Kitchen restaurant, which will be open to the public. Sulak described it not as a hotel restaurant, but a restaurant that just happens to be located in a hotel.

Jeffrey Brower, general manager for the Crowne Plaza Hotel, talked about the Salt and Marrow Kitchen, and the Grillworks system, which will bring a traveling chefs program.

The Grillworks system is a wood-burning grill system which can control temperature by moving the cooking plates closer to or farther away from the flame. Brower said they have heard from chefs from Atlanta and Charleston expressing interest in cooking at the hotel.

Ironwood Apartments has already opened one portion of its units, and the Crowne Plaza Hotel will be opening in December.

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