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Motorists driving past the intersection of Windsor Spring and Tobacco roads will soon see demolition of a 35-year-old church to accommodate commercial development.

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A Walgreens is expected to open by January where Windsor Spring Baptist Church now stands.

On Jan. 31, the church sold 4.5 of its 14 acres to Tobacco Augusta De­vel­opment LLC for $2.1 million, which church leaders will put toward building a new facility further back on the remaining land.

“It was a very hard decision,” said the church’s pastor, the Rev. Paul Robertson. “But people prayed over it and felt God was leading us to do this.”

Demolition of the education and administrative buildings begins in mid-April. Modular buildings will be used for Bible study and other purposes, but the sanctuary will remain for nine months to a year while a $2.3 million, 24,000-square-foot building is completed, Robertson said.

A 2-acre parcel fronting To­bac­co Road and a 1-acre parcel fronting Wind­sor Spring Road also will be developed, said Matt DeMeyers, the vice president of development for Tobacco Augusta Development. He said he’s received inquires about the two parcels.

In March 2011, about 86 percent of the church’s congregation voted to sell part of the property. The project was held up for a variety of reasons, including the lack of a sewer system on the property and final approval from the Geor­gia De­partment of Transportation because Windsor Spring Road is being widened, Robertson said.

A ceremonial groundbreaking was held Sunday for the new Windsor Spring Baptist, which will have a larger worship area. Work is scheduled to begin in late spring, Robertson said.

The corner has become increasingly commercialized and is now surrounded by a Rite Aid Pharmacy, grocery stores and fast food restaurants.

“I can’t tell you how many developers have walked in my office within the past 10 years and wanted to do something (with it),” Robertson said.

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Frank I
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Frank I 03/18/13 - 05:14 pm
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separation..

Bet there won't be any taxes to pay on that $2.3 million dollar real estate venture either.. works out well for them.. bet the owners of rite aid wouldn't get the same consideration if they sold their plot of land across the street..

tl-bro
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tl-bro 03/18/13 - 05:26 pm
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Taxes?

Frank - that makes no sense. The Church hasn't been paying any taxes since they owned it, but the new developer will have to pay property taxes (not to count the sales taxes generated by the Walgreens). In reality, the transaction will lead to significantly more taxes than were generated on that corner - which were zero.

countyman
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countyman 03/18/13 - 05:51 pm
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Dichotomy.

I reported this development a while back, and I'm glad to hear 3 additional acres will also be developed. The new Waffle House, Zack Wings, and renovated Mcdonalds/Bilo are in the same area.

Five Guys, Walmart remodeling, Hampton Inn hotel, etc. The commercial development around South Augusta is picking up steam. The two major things include attracting a power center at I-520/Peach Orchard/Windsor Spring, and mixed-use/town center to Deans Bridge/Fort Gordon entrance, Peach Orchard going towards Hwy 88(Hephzibah city limits), and Hwy 56 near Goshen...

commonsense-is-endangere
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commonsense-is-endangere 03/18/13 - 05:58 pm
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One drug replaces another

One drug replaces another

Jake
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Jake 03/18/13 - 06:32 pm
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God leading.....

....then they should of held out for a Chik-Fil-A to go along with the Walgreen's and upped the price. I didn't know God was in the real estate business except, of course, when dealing with Israel.

InChristLove
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InChristLove 03/18/13 - 07:22 pm
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Frank I, you are so

Frank I, you are so wrong....actually the 2.3 million is going to the construction company to build a newer facility so the county will receive a mighty hefty sum in taxes.....not to mention the added taxes from Walgreen and other businesses that will be developed on the 4.5 acres.

So don't fret, the church is paying it's fair share.

Jake, as for God leading. Yes He is....this transaction has been prayed about for over 2 years and because we have outgrown our facility and because of major maintenance and repairs on our old facility, God has provided a way that we can expand and reach more people for Christ. I'd say His hand has been guiding this for a long time.

So sad, there is so much hate for Christ..................

TrukinRanger
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TrukinRanger 03/18/13 - 07:40 pm
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finally... progress. There
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finally... progress. There are too many churches around anyway

GiantsAllDay
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GiantsAllDay 03/18/13 - 07:42 pm
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If we pray and we get what we

If we pray and we get what we ask for--hooray!

If we pray and we don't get what we ask for--the answer was "No".

If we pray and we wait, and wait, and wait and finally we get what we asked for--the answer was "Not right now".

You can pray to anything (literally anything--a broken watch, a used condom, even your Aunt Tilly) and get the same results. Based on sheer probability some of the things you pray for will happen and others will not and some will happen at a very different time. It doesn't mean that the object of prayer was responsible in any respect.

Correlation is not causation! And correlation doesn't even imply meaningful association...

Now, for this next thing and I am not making this up; I will even provide a link. That whack job Pat Robertson PRAYED OVER USED SWEATERS BECAUSE HE SAID THEY MAY HAVE DEMONS ATTACHED TO THEM!

http://www.digitaljournal.com/article/344467

InChristLove
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InChristLove 03/18/13 - 08:03 pm
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GAD, all I can say to

GAD, all I can say to is...May God have mercy on your soul.

This church didn't pray and wait and wait and wait. This church prayed that God would show what direction He wanted the church to go, what ministries would be most effective in the community to reach the lost. Then when God sent this opportunity, the church took several months for it's members to pray to see if this was in His favor. The church then took a vote and the majority agreed that this was the direction God was leading. It took over a year for approval from this government to get through permits and improvements to the land, so GAD, we've know for over a year this was going to take place, we've just had to wait on God's timing and it is almost time to begin. So, no matter how much you hate Christ and the Church, no matter how much you belittle Christianity or our faith, nothing can kill the joy in knowing that God is in control and His work will continue.....and personally I hope it bugs the heck out of you. If you need relief, I have the perfect place for you.

GiantsAllDay
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GiantsAllDay 03/18/13 - 08:09 pm
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My comments were about prayer

My comments were about prayer in general, not just this specific case. I don't hate the historic Jesus (as opposed to the made up Jesus). I rather like him. If one studies the historic Jesus, there is nothing not to like.

InChristLove
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InChristLove 03/18/13 - 08:23 pm
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GAD stated " That whack job

GAD stated " That whack job Pat Robertson PRAYED OVER USED SWEATERS BECAUSE HE SAID THEY MAY HAVE DEMONS ATTACHED TO THEM!"

That is an all out lie! Mr. Robertson was answering a question from a letter writer about a statement her mother said, stating she should pray over clothes she purchased at the Goodwill because the possibility of demons attaching themselves to innate objects. If you watch the video you would see that Mr. Robertson is laughing and tells the young girl that demons do possess things of this world (you can believe it or not believe it, doesn't matter) and that he doesn't think every piece of clothing is possessed by demons but it doesn't hurt to pray over them.

Maybe we need to pray a little more for some on here cause it sure seems like they possess something.

InChristLove
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InChristLove 03/18/13 - 08:23 pm
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The problem is GAD is that

The problem is GAD, is that Jesus is not historic. The Jesus you refer to as being historic is not just in the past (which is what historic means), He is alive and present today. I do not know this "made up Jesus" you talk about.

GiantsAllDay
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GiantsAllDay 03/18/13 - 08:33 pm
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Watch the video again. Then

Watch the video again. Then tell me Robertson isn't nuts.

InChristLove
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InChristLove 03/18/13 - 08:40 pm
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I did watch the video and no

I did watch the video and no I don't think he's nuts....maybe eccentric, but if he was nuts he wouldn't be laughing about it and making light of it. You just enjoy demeaning anything relating to Christianity so this doesn't surprise me in the least.

itsanotherday1
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itsanotherday1 03/18/13 - 08:45 pm
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ICL

Glad to see things worked out in a positive way for your church.
In Atlanta, they want to tear down 2 black churches, both of historical significance, to build the new Falcons stadium. They will make out fine on the money, but the congregants are worried things will never be the same.

InChristLove
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InChristLove 03/18/13 - 08:50 pm
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Itsanotherday1, sad to hear

Itsanotherday1, sad to hear about them wanting to tear down 2 historical black churches. My prayer is God hand will be involved and that all work for his glory. I would not want to be the one messing with Holy ground if it's not His will.

Bodhisattva
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Bodhisattva 03/19/13 - 05:31 am
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Eccentric = Nuts with a lot

Eccentric = Nuts with a lot of money.

Adam Bomb
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Adam Bomb 03/19/13 - 05:34 am
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Windsor Spring being widened?

Again? It hasn't been all that long since they added two lanes and totally messed up the alignment of Windsor Spring road from Meadowbrook to Tobacco Rd. So, they're saying they messed it up that time so let's spend more money to do it again. I can see them widening it from Tobacco Road to Highway 88 but not the previously widened section. Why not just pave over the whole county. These road engineers are totally out of control. Proof? Look at the mess on Deans Bridge and Gordon Highway in the area of I 520.

InChristLove
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InChristLove 03/19/13 - 05:53 am
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Adam, the widening is taking

Adam, the widening is taking place from Tobacco to Hwy 88.

KSL
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KSL 03/19/13 - 07:42 am
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If a church makes money on

If a church makes money on selling property, they should pay taxes on that money.

nocnoc
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nocnoc 03/19/13 - 07:52 am
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See

See http://www.bizapedia.com/ga/TOBACCO-AUGUSTA-DEVELOPMENT-LLC.html.

Trotter (James) Company registered in New Orleans La.

More Interesting info if you dig.

InChristLove
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InChristLove 03/19/13 - 08:45 am
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KSL, if you have a house and

KSL, if you have a house and you sell it to someone, who pays the taxes on it when it is sold.....the buyer. When you take the money you earned from the sale of your house and you buy a car, you pay taxes on that car at the time of purchase.

Why is this different because it's a church. The church owned the land, they sold it to a buyer who will pay taxes on the purchase of the land. The money will be taken to purchase construction of another facility and the church will pay taxes on the material and labor to construct that facility.

How is this different?

KSL
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KSL 03/19/13 - 08:53 am
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Check out the tax laws. You

Check out the tax laws. You pay taxes on capital gains. A certain amount is exempted on the sale of your home, but not all. That has been a long time tax rule. Now, check out the additional Obamacare tax.

KSL
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KSL 03/19/13 - 08:57 am
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Also, if you live out of

Also, if you live out of state from the location where the house is sold you, the seller, may have to pay state income taxes in SC out of your proceeds from the sale.

KSL
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KSL 03/19/13 - 08:58 am
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Estimated, I should say.

Estimated, I should say.

KSL
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KSL 03/19/13 - 09:05 am
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iCL

And no, the buyer does not pay the taxes when a house is sold, as you put it. Please explain, ICL, what taxes you are speaking of.

In SC, the seller pays deed stamps based on the selling price. That is a euphemism for tax.

The seller gives the buyer his portion of property tax for the year.

So I am at a loss trying to understand what you are talking about.

HenryWalker3rd
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HenryWalker3rd 03/19/13 - 09:11 am
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ICL, i'll have to come check
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ICL, i'll have to come check you guys out, one day. Seems like a great church.

KSL
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KSL 03/19/13 - 09:14 am
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And of course, I mean the

And of course, I mean the church should have to pay taxes on the gains from the sale of the property.

InChristLove
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InChristLove 03/19/13 - 09:27 am
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Whoa, guess I shouldn't have

Whoa, guess I shouldn't have used a house as an example....didn't mean to get in a deep discussion on home buying. Maybe I should have used a vehicle as an example.

Either way, the lawyers for both sides as well as the church committee I'm sure are all well informed on the proper procedures for this to take place and if taxes were required, they have been paid.

nocnoc, if you have some seedy information about the buyer, please do tell.....

InChristLove
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InChristLove 03/19/13 - 11:21 am
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KSL, after doing some

KSL, after doing some searching, a tax advisor informed me that the church does not pay any taxes on any capital gain from property they own or that has been gifted to them.....

so it would seem that the clause so many like to use "separation of church and state" benefit's the church this time.

(IMO) the church is not gaining any monetary value out of this transaction. They will receive a larger, more beneficial building, but it is the community that will overall benefit. It will provide more space for bilble studies, youth activities, and the capacity to increase our ability to reach the lost through worship and mission programs.

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