Condemned building on Broad Street to get facelift

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A blighted downtown property is expected to soon get a facelift.

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The windows are boarded up, and the front door is padlocked at the Broad Street Bazaar.  SARA CALDWELL/STAFF
The windows are boarded up, and the front door is padlocked at the Broad Street Bazaar.

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New glass and a clean facade will replace boarded windows and graffiti at 1140 Broad St., a 45,000-square-foot building condemned by Augusta building inspectors earlier this year. The vandalized structure had a leaky roof and was in disarray inside, said Augusta inspector Larry Lariscy.

The last business to operate from the building was the Broad Street Bazaar, a flea market-type store that closed in 1996 after just a year in business. A tenant, however, has recently used the space to store products from his auction company, Lariscy said.

“He had a bunch of junk in it,” Lariscy said.

The building had been under investigation since last year before it was condemned in early 2013. The tenant, Stan Fink, had to first be evicted before property owners could regain legal possession of the building to repair any deteriorated portions on the structure.

That process can be time-consuming, Lariscy said. Currently, the structure is being cleared inside.

Owner Stewart Garrett said he estimates the exterior work will take place within 30 days. Garrett is a partner in the Garrett & Garrett construction firm based out of Fountain Inn, S.C.

The building’s large open space makes it conducive to retail development, Garrett said.

“It ought to be about the easiest-developed building downtown,” he said.

Before plans for future development progress, Garrett said he’ll need to get interest from potential leasors.

“We’ll be open to any kind of offers to it,” he said.

Lariscy confirmed that the building is structurally sound but said an asbestos test will be required before any demolition work can commence inside. The owners must also apply for a permit for facade renovations, he said.

New locks will be installed on the doors to ensure the building remains secure, Lariscy said.

“We’ll have more of an aesthetically-pleasing building,” he said. “It’s going to look much better.”

Augusta Chronicle archives show the location was run as a bar and restaurant in 1885 by an Athens, Ga., resident. During the 20th century, the building went through several uses, including a butcher shop, grocer and medicine store.

In June 1969, the building, which was occupied at the time by Bower’s Thrift Store, was leveled by a fire. The structure was rebuilt and housed Sky City discount department store for 37 years until it closed in 1989.

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corgimom 07/15/13 - 08:40 pm
"Before plans for future

"Before plans for future development progress, Garrett said he’ll need to get interest from potential leasors."

And that's the hard part.

But AC- heads up.

The LESSOR is the person that owns the building. The LESSEE is the person that rents the building. Or you could say "Tenant". Or "Renters".

There is no such thing as a "leasor".

Kingbiscuitboy 07/15/13 - 08:49 pm
gang activity????

Are those gang signs on that building? Yea, downtown is safe, allright...not!!!

Riverman1 07/15/13 - 10:32 pm
Broad St.

“He had a bunch of junk in it,” Lariscy said.

Kind of a symbolic statement.

countyman 07/16/13 - 12:01 am
Wow somehow graffiti is automatically gangs

The amount of private construction in the CBD is higher than almost everywhere in the metro. The picture of the graffiti is ugly, but it's not gang signs. The crime rate in the CBD, and the real estate prices speak for themselves. The private sector loves the CBD and the 1.5 million visitors coming here do also.

The city of Augusta needs to create additional murals similar to the one's at Highland/Wrightsboro. The murals included in the future 15th expansion is a good start.

proudgunowner 07/15/13 - 11:51 pm
The story says the last

The story says the last business closed in 1996. It was still operating as the Broad Street Bazaar within the last 3 or 4 years. I remember purchasing some Masters items and antique lamps within this time frame.

Gage Creed
Gage Creed 07/16/13 - 08:37 pm
hmmmmmmmmm... some one talks

hmmmmmmmmm... some one talks of nearly $300M of private construction in South Augusta in one thread, and then touts the level of activity in the CBD in another....

SOP for some...

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