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

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

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.

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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