Plans in the works to redevelop WJBF property for Augusta economic development agencies

Friday, May 4, 2012 11:47 AM
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The former WJBF building at 10th and Rey­nolds streets could house all of Augusta’s economic development agencies under one roof, according to a news release from property owners Clay Board­man and Barry Storey.

The former WJBF station on Reynolds Street could become combined offices for Augusta tourist and business groups.  FILE/STAFF
The former WJBF station on Reynolds Street could become combined offices for Augusta tourist and business groups.

Boardman and Storey, operating as TelPark Partners LLC, said they will redevelop the site and are in talks with the principals of Augusta’s major tourism and economic development agencies about the possibility of a combined office space.

The boards of the Augusta Con­vention and Visitors Bureau and Visitor Center, Augusta Eco­no­mic Development Author­ity, Au­gusta Metro Cham­ber of Com­merce, Augusta Sports Coun­cil, Augusta Tomor­row Inc., Downtown Develop­ment Authority and the CSRA Re­gional Commission have approved representatives to pursue the concept of a shared building at the site, according to the release.

Brinsley Thigpen, the CEO of the sports council, said that although the possibility holds great potential for collaboration, it’s in the early stages.

“Everything is still in discussion for sure,” she said. “No one is all in.”

The sports council shares space in Enterprise Mill with the CVB, and Thigpen said the setup has benefited both organizations.

Being close to the many organizations whose aim is to bring business to Augusta would have similar benefits, she said.

“We’re already working closely with all the organizations that work towards that common goal,” she said. “We think the concept is exciting.”

Storey said the unified space is not a new idea.

“A shared building for these civic groups has been a priority of ours for years,” he said. “It just makes good sense for residents, visitors and business prospects to have a one-stop shop to seek information on residential and retiree relocation, business recruitment and destination marketing.”

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countyman 05/04/12 - 12:43 pm
Finally Augusta is deciding

Finally Augusta is deciding to become a progressive city and keep moving forward...

We still need a major sidewalk, landscaping, and bicycle lane project for Laney Walker, Broad street, Walton Way near Harrisburg/MD, Greene street, Telfair, Reynolds, Gordon Hwy, Deans Bridge, Peach Orchard, Washington rd, Wrightsboro rd, Sanbar Ferry, etc..

Mike Padgett, 15th street, and Windsor Spring already have construction projects lined up... Since Wrightsboro rd(btw I-520 & Jimmie Dyess), and Deans Bridge rd (near the I-520/Deans Bridge rd ramp) are being improved it means less work for the city..

madgerman 05/04/12 - 01:31 pm
Wow. A building for 7

Wow. A building for 7 organizations all under one roof and all with the same objective of stacking it deeper and deeper in downtown lots. I wonder if we built a facility (not renovate and force fit a design) for these folks in South Augusta where there is lots of room to expand and oodles of parking space, what the cost difference would be. In this light maybe potential developers in that part of the county would have a first hand look at available locations. P.S. I didn't see what the tab for the taxpayers would be for the total project. Is that information another secret that only the stakeholders are priviledged to?

Granddaddy John
Granddaddy John 05/04/12 - 02:06 pm
Reynolds St needs to be

Reynolds St needs to be develope like River St in SAVANNAH,get with the program Disgusta

blues550 05/04/12 - 03:24 pm
Take it a step further. Get

Take it a step further. Get all of the egos and little kingdoms out of the way and put them all under the Chamber.

Pu239 05/04/12 - 09:12 pm
Rah Rah Rah! Kick em in the

Rah Rah Rah! Kick em in the knee......(eyeroll)

raul 05/05/12 - 11:02 pm
Why not put all of those

Why not put all of those agencies in the old public library? Doesn't the city already own it?

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