National Science Center Foundation seeks use for property near Fort Gordon

The Army’s future move of the Cy­ber Command headquarters to Fort Gordon has prompted the National Science Center Foundation to act on vacant property near Gate 1.

The foundation is hoping to rezone nearly 56 acres on Craig Sims Parkway from agricultural to a professional office park district.

If the rezoning is approved, the foundation would work with a undisclosed third-party private company to develop professional office space next to the building that housed the foundation’s Fort Discovery before it moved downtown to the Port Royal complex.

“The National Science Center Foun­dation is requesting the zoning so that they can meet possible further office needs in that area,” said Augusta lawyer Jim Trotter, speaking on behalf of the unnamed third-party company working with the foundation. “They expect that the office needs will grow as the new missions come to the fort and they want to be in a
position to supply some of that office space.”

Army officials announced in December that the Cyber Command would relocate to Fort Gordon by 2019. The five-year project is expected to add military and contractor positions to the Army post’s workforce.

“Obviously, the Cyber Command relocating to the fort is the reason why that property right at the entrance to Fort Gordon may be positioned well to meet some of the off-base needs,” Trotter said.

The foundation passed the first phase of the rezoning process last week after getting the nod from city planning commissioners. The request will now proceed for a vote by the Augusta Commission at its May 22 meeting.

Trotter said he was unable to provide specific details about the project but said a formal announcement with more concrete plans would likely follow approval by the commission.

The petition is the first sought for the new professional office park district, which was drafted in April by Augusta Planning and Development Director Melanie Wilson.

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