Former chamber building gets landscape work

The former Augusta Metro Chamber of Commerce building got a sprucing Thursday from city Engineering Department workers, who removed dead wood and shaped the crowns of several nearby oaks.

The work was routine maintenance performed by the crew, which has been working its way down several Broad Street blocks in recent weeks, removing a few trees and shaping up others, Traffic Engineer Steve Cassell said.

In the median of the 600 block of Broad Street, the 6,654-square-foot brick chamber building is one of several city-owned properties available for auction.

Sealed bids for the properties will be opened next week.

Built in 1978, the chamber building was designed by Chinese-born architect I.M. Pei. The building has been empty since the chamber moved to a Greene Street office building in 2010.

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