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Holiday Inn Express on Broad Street slated to open before Masters 2014

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A new hotel on Broad Street should be open in time to welcome visitors for the 2014 Masters Tournament.

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The 118-room, 70,000-square-foot Holiday Inn Express & Suites, which is replacing a former Regency Inn at 444 Broad St., could be ready by March 1, builder and project partner Mason McKnight said.

“You want to open up at least two or three weeks before Masters so you can get all the kinks out,” said McKnight, the president of ACC Construction Co.

Work started on the $8 million overhaul in early March. The six-floor hotel has been gutted, but the original steel structure remains intact.

A new roof and rooftop metal deck are in the works, and plumbing work has begun on the first floor, McKnight said. He estimates that window installation will take place in late August, with interior work occurring from that point onward.

“We’re about 35 percent through with the job,” McKnight said.

Developer and local businessman T.R. Reddy purchased the dilapidated hotel, built in 1965, for $588,500 at a 2009 auction after the building sat vacant for years. He had planned the renovations in 2010, but financing issues caused a delay.

Reddy said the project remains ahead of schedule.

“The rain has caused somewhat of a delay,” he said. “But in spite of that, they’ve made progress.”

The energy-efficient facility is designed to include an outdoor swimming pool, gym and meeting space. Between 20 and 25 employees will likely work at the hotel.

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countyman
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countyman 07/30/13 - 08:55 pm
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Love the growth in the CBD.

The usual suspects will definitely hate this positive news, because they swear the TEE Center is always empty.

The low crime rate, growth, and vibrancy continue to bring private investors downtown.

Riverman1
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Riverman1 07/30/13 - 09:18 pm
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Why did the Regency close?

Why did the Regency close?

"The low crime rate, growth, and vibrancy continue to bring private investors downtown."

LOL

Gage Creed
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Gage Creed 07/30/13 - 09:41 pm
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Hey Nortonguy...er

Hey Nortonguy...er countyman.... how was the vacation?

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Gage Creed 07/30/13 - 09:46 pm
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6/12/2012....Police said

6/12/2012....Police said Bryant Keith Willerson fatally beat another homeless man, William McLain, 63, at the old Days Inn property at 444 Broad Street.

"The low crime rate, growth, and vibrancy continue to bring private investors downtown."

countyman
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countyman 07/30/13 - 10:02 pm
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Facts

I continue to say the reason why people attack my comments is simply due to their biased against Richmond County.

Why else attack my first comment? What's wrong if I'm excited about the growth?

Wow. Stop the presses, the CBD is dangerous because the area had two homicides(don't even think the probation office shooting will count) since 2011(2 homicides in almost 2 years). Two homeless men got into a fight, and one was killed.

The former and existing sheriff both released the low crime stats for th CBD, and private developers sometimes spend years targeting certain properties to buy. The private developers obviously believe the area is safe enough overall..

How can you spin the new Farmhaus Burgers, restaurant underway next doo to Farmhaus, Eros Bistro, Boars Head Public House, and Whiskey Bar Kitchen?

LeConteSkier
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LeConteSkier 07/31/13 - 12:16 am
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The Regency Hotel Was Part Of The Problem

Riverman1, The crowd The Regency attracted were the type of people that LIVED in hotels not to say that everyone living in hotels are bad but usually you have more crime in these type of hotels and it was cheap so that hotel was part of the crime problem on lower broad like many older hotels do along Gordon Hwy. The hotel across from the new Holiday Inn still is a problem but hopefully someone will buy that one too out soon and either refurbish it or tear it down and start over as the new Holiday Inn is a huge benefit and turning point to bring nicer businesses and clientele to that section of downtown. The Holiday Inn will attract the type of people who frequent the upper Broad Artist Row section and the Marriott.

TrulyWorried
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TrulyWorried 07/31/13 - 04:09 am
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Dictionary needed

for all the abbreviations Countyman comes up with in each one of his comments. Reminds me of the Army - they talk in 'letters' too.

shrimp for breakfast
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shrimp for breakfast 07/31/13 - 04:55 am
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I'm not playing in the Masters next year.

But I did stay in a Holiday Inn express last night

Gage Creed
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Gage Creed 07/31/13 - 06:16 am
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countyman... (don't even

countyman... (don't even think the probation office shooting will count)

really.. REALLY??? Unbelievable....

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seenitB4 07/31/13 - 06:43 am
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2 or 3 weeks to get the kinks out :)

It will take more than that my friend but I think I can see your reasons for waiting to open....yall just get it ready for the MASTERS crowd yahear..

If the Masters left Augusta would we feel the impact? (just kidding folks)

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GnipGnop 07/31/13 - 07:07 am
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Better do some cleaning in that area first....

The people that hang out at the gas station across the street and the hotel next door will be glad to know there will be prime targets by April.

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Shortcomment 07/31/13 - 08:02 am
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I wish the hotel luck and profit.

Downtown has needed a medium price hotel for some time.
Downtown has had both ends of the price point, but nothing in the mid-price range for too long.

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soapy_725 07/31/13 - 08:17 am
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Tired, road weary, & you hope for rest on the 400 block of Broad
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Tired, road weary, and you hope for rest on the 400 block of Broad St

soapy_725
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soapy_725 07/31/13 - 08:17 am
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Reminds me of interstate bargain motel in Louisville KY
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Reminds me of interstate bargain motel in Louisville KY

Riverman1
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Riverman1 07/31/13 - 09:06 am
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LeConteSkier, thanks

LeConteSkier, thanks for the history of the hotel and area. Good stuff.

As far as the way Countyman speaks we need a dictionary. The Dictionary of Countymanese.

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bdouglas 07/31/13 - 10:56 am
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"I continue to say the reason

"I continue to say the reason why people attack my comments is simply due to their biased [sic] against Richmond County." -- CM/NG/WA

Not even remotely true. The reason why people attack your comments is because your comments ignore what everyone else actually sees and FEELS (i.e. *reality*) when it comes to many parts of your beloved county. I'll never argue about the good things that are confirmed or are already here, but continuing to pretend there aren't huge problems downtown and in other areas you champion are what people have a problem with.

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bdouglas 07/31/13 - 11:00 am
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I'm probably not alone in

I'm probably not alone in this, as LeConteSkier alluded to the problem of these hotels in his post...but if I'm ever in a new town or new area to me and I see any hotel that advertises "weekly rates" on their sign, it's an immediate indicator to me that I probably don't want to spend much time in the vicinity. Unless it's directly outside of a large factory/facility/site/base that has a large contractor population, it will typically bring with it many unsavory characters and criminal activity.

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corgimom 07/31/13 - 11:07 am
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bdouglas, same here.

bdouglas, same here.

David Parker
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David Parker 07/31/13 - 11:31 am
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It's not a bad business

It's not a bad business choice to open this hotel back up. If you can keep it secure, it's got great access to the strip joints and that Master's crowd loves their showgirls. Or maybe it was just me (facepalm)

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OJP 07/31/13 - 11:58 am
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I'm with ya countyman...

I recognize that any growth is better than no growth or, even worse, contraction.

This obviously isn't the equivalent of the W coming to downtown Augusta but it's better than a hotel closing up shop. Generally, if someone is willing to invest in an area, it's a good sign for that area.

badmoon426
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badmoon426 07/31/13 - 12:39 pm
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As My Wife and Her Brothers...

...pointed out to me Augusta needs better hotels/motels for a city of its standing especially with Master's guest accustomed to staying in a Ritz Carlton and the like. I applaud the effort. Augusta needs higher quality hotel and motel rooms available for Masters guests as well as for other visitors to Augusta.

I guess the real question is why can't Augusta land something like the Ritz Carlton (Lake Oconee has one)?

badmoon426
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badmoon426 07/31/13 - 12:45 pm
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Will the Hotel Be...

...online and functional by Master's time or will it just be another snarky comment in Sports Illustrated or another publication?

Since the county has indirectly went into the hotel business with its partnership with the downtown Marriott and the Marriott Convention City (TEE Center), are other potential hotel and motel chains hesitant to improve Augusta's hotel and motel issue?

Having Master's guests pay a couple of hundred a night to stay in a no tell motel on Tobacco Road is really criminal.

lgr
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lgr 07/31/13 - 02:42 pm
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holiday inn

maybe i should get out more i was unaware there were any motels on Tobacco Road

bdouglas
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bdouglas 07/31/13 - 02:46 pm
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Masters week could be their

Masters week could be their time to shine or their time to fall flat on their face. Barely a month under their belts before they're slammed with a week of (hopefully) full occupancy...that'll be one heckuva test. On that note, since they don't open til the first of March if they're lucky, it may be the only decent hotel in town where you stand a chance of finding any vacancy that week.

Will
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Will 07/31/13 - 07:11 pm
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What are they thinking?
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It'll be like ringing the dinner bell for all the thugs and lowlifes....

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