Augusta officials praise Reynolds Street parking deck

$12 million project built using special tax funds

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In a dedication ceremony Wednesday, city officials marveled not only at the beauty of the newly completed TEE Center parking deck on Reynolds Street, but also at its practicality.

The $12 million parking deck on Reynolds Street was funded by tax collections. It has 650 spaces.  JACKIE RICCIARDI/STAFF
The $12 million parking deck on Reynolds Street was funded by tax collections. It has 650 spaces.

“You can have all the buildings you want, but unless you have a place to park, you don’t have much of anything,” Augusta City Administrator Fred Russell said.

The 650-space, $12 million parking deck will open Friday. The deck was paid for with a 3-cent local car rental tax and special-purpose local-option sales tax funds.

It is one of several building projects in the county either completed or in the works.

Russell said so far the buildings have all come in under budget and on time.

“That’s a record Augusta can be proud of,” he said.

The new library and courthouse have already been completed.

Crews are still at work to complete the trade, exhibit and event center; law enforcement center; and new jail pods.

The parking deck was initially designed to provide parking for the TEE Center, which is being built across Reynolds Street.

Russell said he believes the parking deck and TEE Center will give more people an opportunity to come to Augusta.

Mayor Pro Tem Joe Bowles said he looks forward to putting the building to use after he recently found himself circling downtown looking for a parking spot.

“It’s an asset and a diamond,” he said.

“You don’t normally say that about a deck, but it is.”

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Riverman1 09/21/11 - 07:11 pm
I sincerely believe David Fry

I sincerely believe David Fry was present and will be when the TEE opens.

broad street narrow mind
broad street narrow mind 09/22/11 - 12:08 pm
what was a libertarian

what was a libertarian elected official doing marveling at a parking deck built with tax money and tainted by david fry's whatever it's called- is the trial on or off or happened or not?- instead of protesting the state taking a life while great doubt plagued the conviction? bob barr wasn't talking to newspapers calling parking decks diamonds yesterday; he was talking about the state and a bad execution.

IsAnyoneAlwaysRight 09/22/11 - 01:15 pm
Who did the site work; I know

Who did the site work; I know they had to redesign and manufacture, but whoever it was still did a lousy job!!!!

Mello Knee
Mello Knee 09/22/11 - 01:17 pm
Now, what I want to know is

Now, what I want to know is how much will parking cost, what are the hours of operation and what kind of security the deck will have.

DoggieMom 09/22/11 - 01:31 pm
I heard the new garage would

I heard the new garage would cost $1/hour.
Pretty pricey, considering it's several blocks away from anything,
at least until the TEE Center opens.
Will local businesses validate your parking costs??
And what about handicap parking?

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