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National Science Center Foundation seeks use for property near Fort Gordon

Monday, May 12, 2014 6:30 PM
Last updated Tuesday, May 13, 2014 9:51 AM
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The Army’s future move of the Cy­ber Command headquarters to Fort Gordon has prompted the National Science Center Foundation to act on vacant property near Gate 1.

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The foundation is hoping to rezone nearly 56 acres on Craig Sims Parkway from agricultural to a professional office park district.

If the rezoning is approved, the foundation would work with a undisclosed third-party private company to develop professional office space next to the building that housed the foundation’s Fort Discovery before it moved downtown to the Port Royal complex.

“The National Science Center Foun­dation is requesting the zoning so that they can meet possible further office needs in that area,” said Augusta lawyer Jim Trotter, speaking on behalf of the unnamed third-party company working with the foundation. “They expect that the office needs will grow as the new missions come to the fort and they want to be in a
position to supply some of that office space.”

Army officials announced in December that the Cyber Command would relocate to Fort Gordon by 2019. The five-year project is expected to add military and contractor positions to the Army post’s workforce.

“Obviously, the Cyber Command relocating to the fort is the reason why that property right at the entrance to Fort Gordon may be positioned well to meet some of the off-base needs,” Trotter said.

The foundation passed the first phase of the rezoning process last week after getting the nod from city planning commissioners. The request will now proceed for a vote by the Augusta Commission at its May 22 meeting.

Trotter said he was unable to provide specific details about the project but said a formal announcement with more concrete plans would likely follow approval by the commission.

The petition is the first sought for the new professional office park district, which was drafted in April by Augusta Planning and Development Director Melanie Wilson.

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countyman
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countyman 05/12/14 - 06:32 pm
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Southwest Augusta is booming!!!!

The growth in Southwest Augusta(Belair rd, Jimmie Dyess, and the Gordon Hwy area between Jimmie Dyess and Grovetown) doesn't appear to be slowing down anytime soon. The Willhaven, McCoys Creek, Haynes Station, Elderberry, and Granite Hill subdivisions are constantly building new homes.. Another 100 acre subdivision located at 2111 Powell road/2701 Gordon Hwy begins construction soon.. The new 13 acre shopping center and 1 acre commercial site in front of McCoys Creek will join the newly constructed Circle K(Gordon Hwy/Robinson Avenue).. The large commercial development and shoppes at dyess park(leasing sign on the property) along Jimmie Dyess are in the pipeline too.

The RCBOE needs to break ground on the new K-8 school somewhere on Craig Sims Pkwy, Jimmie Dyess, or Gordon Hwy by the middle of 2015.. The new elected mayor and commission members should focus on bringing a park/green space to the area..

Gage Creed
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Gage Creed 05/12/14 - 08:30 pm
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I'm thinking someone should

I'm thinking someone should open an Atlantic Bread Company over in the shoppes at dyess park(leasing sign on the property)

bdouglas
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bdouglas 05/12/14 - 09:03 pm
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I always suspected he was

I always suspected he was just copying and pasting his rants on all of his usual websites, but now I see I was actually right all along. Exact same grammar, punctuation and capitalization (or lack thereof)...

http://www.city-data.com/forum/augusta-area/2115493-56-acre-office-park-...

corgimom
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corgimom 05/12/14 - 09:04 pm
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Hahaha, Gage Creed, you crack

Hahaha, Gage Creed, you crack me up!

Now, if they put in a PF Chang, it'll be perfect!

corgimom
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corgimom 05/12/14 - 09:09 pm
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I had to go to a mall in

I had to go to a mall in Charlotte today. As I walked past the Michael Kors store, the H&M, the Pottery Barn, the American Eagle Outfitters, etc. I was so overcome by the prestige I could barely stand it.

I felt honored just to be walking in the presence of all of those prestigious stores.

And when I walked past Dick's Sporting Goods, well, I nearly swooned.

I didn't have time to go to Sephora, but maybe next time. And the Apple store looked nice, too.

As I was leaving, and drove past the PF Chang's, I thought how LUCKY I was to be among such fine establishments. I am still in ecstasy that I was able to be around such prestige, that doesn't happen to me every day.

Gosh, what an experience!

countyman
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countyman 05/12/14 - 09:12 pm
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Weird!!!!

Why does the growth in Augusta upset some people? .

Gage Creed
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Gage Creed 05/13/14 - 07:56 am
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The growth upsets no one....

The growth upsets no one.... It has to do with used car sales method and the tons of attitude.

Edit: removed duplicated word

bdouglas
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bdouglas 05/12/14 - 10:14 pm
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For me, it's the ending every

For me, it's the ending every sentence with double periods.. ;)

nocnoc
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nocnoc 05/13/14 - 06:15 am
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Turning it into

Why not turn it into secured facility educational school for the Cyber-command / NSA workers

nocnoc
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nocnoc 05/13/14 - 06:18 am
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seenitB4
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seenitB4 05/13/14 - 07:34 am
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Booming booming booming

Just be happy & smile....taxes going up too, I betcha.

corgimom
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corgimom 05/13/14 - 09:24 am
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Maybe, Countyman, some of us

Maybe, Countyman, some of us are astute enough to realize that sprawl breeds blight in older neighborhoods.

Growth is not always good. If done correctly, it can be very positive, but that's not the case in the CSRA.

corgimom
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corgimom 05/13/14 - 09:31 am
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Oh, and Countyman? I am also

Oh, and Countyman? I am also astute enough to know that malls, with their chain stores, wipes out the small businessman and that the malls were the reason why Downtown died, and it has never recovered.

I don't know, what's better- to shop at a mall (I was there to get a haircut, btw) and have local dollars leave, or shop at a local business, to have dollars stay in the community?

Which is better for a municipality?

What we grasp, Countyman, is that while you go into raptures over every new business that opens, we know, that often it means that a long-time business, that everyone has enjoyed and supported, goes out of business.

Take a look around. How many long-time Augusta restaurants do you see? Do you think that all the fast-food restaurants might have played a part in their demise?

You REALLY should realize THAT.

Willow Bailey
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Willow Bailey 05/13/14 - 10:31 am
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What am I missing? What is

What am I missing?
What is the mission statement of the National Science Center Foundation? Why are they in the commercial real estate and development business? Is this a publicly owned or privately owned business? Do they pay taxes?

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Brad Owens 05/13/14 - 05:02 pm
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Hmmmm...

I am not sure if I would classify this as "growth" or not. It sounds like speculation based on the possibility that there will be a need for office space near Ft. Gordon due to cyber command.

Is this news?

dichotomy
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dichotomy 05/14/14 - 02:28 pm
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"What am I missing?" What we

"What am I missing?"

What we are missing is the $MILLIONS of federal and state taxpayer dollars the NSCF and their spawn, the NSC/Fort Discovery, ran through from the early '90s until their total failure around 2010. Not to mention the unknown amounts of private donations of money and property. Who knows how many, if any, people are still drawing a big salary from this thing or will continue to do so if the property is developed. It's sure been a boondoggle for a few.

"What is the mission statement of the National Science Center Foundation?"

Good luck finding the answer to that. I didn't think they had a mission since 2006 or 2007 when all of the employees, including the CEO, were terminated or retired and the control of the Foundation and it's assets were dual-hatted to the CEO of the NSC/Fort Discovery. The NSCF essentially ceased to function at that time and the chief concern was trying to find someone to rent that big building near Gate 1 at FG.

"Why are they in the commercial real estate and development business?"

One of the ORIGINAL missions was to develop that donated land into a technology park filled with contractors associated with FG. Who knew it might actually happen 20 years later. It would be nice since RC taxpayers spent so much money running sewer pipes out there and AT&T dragged a ton of fiber optic lines up there.

"Is this a publicly owned or privately owned business? Do they pay taxes?"

All of that I believe was a 501(3)(c) or one of those not for profits at one time. I would assume they still are but I have not checked.

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