Giving apache user same permissions as root only on specific folders

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http://unix.stackexchange.com – Not sure if this is possible but is there a way to grant the Apache user same level of permissions (ownership) as root only on specific folder(s). Why I need this: We have a CentOS 6.2 server with apache setup as our development server, and we use only the root user because the server is an internal server and doesn't have any outside access, every day we upload quite a lot of files and setup new folder, but because we are using the root user the ownership of the files belongs to the root user and for the apache user to create files (upload images, create log files and create folders) we need (HowTos)