Hotel developer firm on TEE Center site, dislikes other options

Wednesday, Nov. 4, 2009 5:21 PM
Last updated Wednesday, Jan. 27, 2010 10:45 PM
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Developer Courtland Dusseau told Augusta commissioners today that they couldn’t pay him to move the site of his planned Hyatt hotel.

Addressing the third meeting of the commission’s five-member TEE center subcommittee, Mr. Dusseau, a managing partner for Alabama-based Legacy Hospitality LLC, said he wants to be next to the Augusta Common and near a new trade, exhibit and event center on Reynolds Street, putting him in the center of the “hospitality section of the city.”

He dismissed notions of moving to the James Brown Arena property or the old Watermark site in return for tax incentives or free land.

“If the city’s willing to pay someone to do something, then there must be a problem,” Mr. Dusseau said.

Mayor Deke Copenhaver brought up a recent deal in Raleigh, N.C., where taxpayers footed a $20 million subsidy so a developer would build a Marriott downtown.

“We’ve been to that site and looked at it,” Mr. Dusseau said, “and I don’t know if $20 million is enough.”

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zigzag 11/04/09 - 07:21 pm
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Someone's playing hard to get

Someone's playing hard to get . . . .

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Southern_Patriot 11/04/09 - 07:30 pm
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Someone's playing hard to

Someone's playing hard to get? maybe, but he probably took a closer look at the DUNDERHEADS

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abeecee2 11/04/09 - 09:09 pm
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Helloooo.. C'mon people,

Helloooo.. C'mon people, let's just do this TEE thing and move on! It'll pay off in the long run and most the $ comes from hotel fees ( read:NOT Richmond Co tax payers.) Of course, a letter of intent from the Hyatt developer would be nice to have. Else we end up with an empty promise like the Bass Pro Shop.

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Taylor B 11/04/09 - 09:25 pm
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So, because someone pays for

So, because someone pays for it, it's okay? I call that wealth redistribution where I come from.

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corgimom 11/04/09 - 09:26 pm
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About the only comparison

About the only comparison between Raleigh NC and Augusta GA is that they are both in the United States. There is no other comparison otherwise. Raleigh, with the Research Triangle, has a firm economic base. Augusta does not.

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Riverman1 11/04/09 - 10:35 pm
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Actually, Augusta is better

Actually, Augusta is better than Raleigh. It is booming. Augusta is rated the 23rd strongest economy in the U.S. by the Brookings Institution. http://images.businessweek.com/ss/09/10/1022_40_strongest_us_metro_econo... They are also ranked the 6th best building market in the country. http://images.businessweek.com/ss/09/09/0917_booming_housing_markets/7.htm

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Riverman1 11/04/09 - 10:37 pm
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Even though I gave August a

Even though I gave August a pat on the back above, I find it hilarious that they actually asked the Hyatt people about building a hotel by the JB Arena. But how can we justify helping some hotel builders and not others? Has anyone seen the conglomerate of hotels that have sprung up on Stevens Creek Rd.? These are huge, luxury hotels that have been created around a beautiful open area. No one gave them a dime.

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Junket831 11/05/09 - 12:24 am
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I agree Riverman. Either

I agree Riverman. Either build it at the best location or just drop the whole TEE proposal and refund the money to the taxpayers. Better yet, ask the taxpayers (they just missed the opportunity to do so) if they would prefer to have the TEE money used to cover the budget deficit.

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FedupwithAUG 11/05/09 - 02:21 am
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Good idea, give the money

Good idea, give the money back to the taxpayers. Reduce our taxes in half until it's gone. Let Billy build his TEE center.

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