Family company acquires businesses, acreage in Augusta MO along Katy Trail, plans winery, attractions, walkable community |

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The Hoffmann’s plan is to consolidate wineries in the [August, MO] area covering over 700 acres, making them the largest vineyards and winery in the Midwest.  Demolition and renovation has already started on two of the downtown buildings.  The Company said it will soon meet with city officials to outline their plans which call for the building of a hotel, a nine-hole par three golf course, a paddle boat to be docked in Augusta, trolley rides, horse & buggy rides, a 5-star restaurant and many more attractions. The Hoffmanns also plans to donate a refurbished playground to the community of Augusta as well as the construction of public restrooms thereby making the town more pedestrian friendly and walkable.

The Company has a history and track record of community redevelopments.  They own and redeveloped Avon, Colorado (Base of Beaver Creek Ski Resort); Naples, Florida (Old Naples 5th Avenue South & Third Street District); Winnetka, Illinois (Northshore suburb of Chicago).  The Company is the largest owner of commercial real estate in these towns and will be as well in Augusta.

MoBikeFed comment: This is an example of the type of tourism and economic development that is available to towns small and large along trails of major national and international profile like the statewide Katy Trail and (forthcoming) Rock Island Trail.

This type of regional development is also the result of groups like Magnificent Missouri, that have worked to promote the lower Missouri River valley as a cultural and tourism center.