Hotel developer firm on TEE Center site, dislikes other options

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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