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Gov. Deal transfers Golf Hall land to Georgia Health Sciences University

Monday, May 7, 2012 3:53 PM
Last updated Tuesday, May 8, 2012 1:49 AM
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ATLANTA — The riverfront campus for Georgia Health Sciences University can become a reality.

Gov. Nathan Deal signed legislation into law last week transferring 16 acres on Reynolds Street from the defunct Golf Hall of Fame to the university.

The law took effect immediately with Deal’s signature.

The state bought the land to be the home of an interactive museum and landscaping that was supposed to reflect Georgia’s most popular golf courses, especially Augusta National Golf Club since most tourists can only see it on television.

Statues of golfers inducted into the hall of fame were also to be displayed on the grounds.

Although the landscaping was completed and some statues were installed, organizers didn’t raise enough money to build the museum.

Attendance never came close to expectations, and the state eventually canceled the project, leaving the land idle.

University officials convinced the Deal administration and the General Assembly to transfer the property to the school, which is merging with Augusta State University.

No plans have been announced for it, and GHSU administrators say they are considering many options, especially a research park.

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TrulyWorried
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TrulyWorried 05/07/12 - 03:01 pm
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Golf Hall of Fame

I am not at all surprised that they ran out of money. Many moons ago I watched them build that fancy brick wall on a daily basis - guess they wanted to copy Aiken. That wall alone had to cost a fortune. I have high hopes that those that will now take over the property will preserve this wall, it is expensive and will again be expensive if they decide to tear it down, which would really be a shame.

countyman
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countyman 05/07/12 - 03:15 pm
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The biggest overall impact

The biggest overall impact downtown since the Riverwalk was completed... Expect to see new resturants, businesses, and residential popping up downtown.. I can't wait to see the additional daily foot due to the extra student and faculty population downtown.. Imagine the foot traffic if GHU/ASU shared a multi-use field with the Greenjackets for baseball, soccer, and football games..

Hopefully this help increase the support to make the Augusta Greenway become reality...

http://augustagreenway.org/wordpress/

PhiloPublius
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PhiloPublius 05/07/12 - 03:12 pm
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Too bad...

GHSU? A research park?

Boy, I was really hoping for the baseball stadium. We already have enough hospital property eating up the downtown area and its not like a research park will bring us any closer to curing cancer.

I really, really, wanted to see a stadium down there. :-(

countyman
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countyman 05/07/12 - 03:32 pm
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Philo... A research park

Philo... A research park won't require the entire 17 acres especially when you can build up... The Augusta Symphony and GHSU/ASU are working to create a peforming arts center too. Additionally Cal Ripken wants to share the cost of an multi-use stadium since ASU has other sports besides baseball, and football could be one in the future...

Let's hope Dr. Azziz allows Cal Ripken and Jim Jacoby to become major players in developing this prime real estate.. Universities need to have athletic programs, housing and restaurants nearby..

Little Lamb
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Little Lamb 05/07/12 - 03:23 pm
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Fences

Someone once said that good fences make good neighbors. But what kind of message does it say to our neighbors from North Augusta and our visitors coming across the 13th St. Bridge from North Augusta regarding Augusta's friendliness? That foreboding, serpentine brick wall does not project a welcoming atmosphere to visitors. I'm sure the architect of whatever goes there will insist that the brick wall come down.

Conservative Man
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Conservative Man 05/07/12 - 03:41 pm
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Research park? Great idea.

Research park? Great idea. Greenway space? Cool. Performing arts center?Awesome. Baseball stadium built to satisfy Deke and Cal and Jacoby?...... Stupid....

Insider Information
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Insider Information 05/07/12 - 06:21 pm
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Whammied

Let the construction of Copenhaver Stadium begin.

Cal Ripken has never offered a penny to build Deke's field of dreams and he never will. Why should he? Taxpayers will pay for it for him.

Ben There
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Ben There 05/07/12 - 06:28 pm
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FWIW, the baseball stadium

FWIW, the baseball stadium that Ty Cobb played at here in Augusta was located on land currently owned by GHSU; it is the Kroger Shopping Center on Fifteenth St. That piece of land is easily accessible from the Riverwatch Parkway, the Calhoun Expressway, and the main Augusta Transit Department depot. I think it would make more sense to relocate everyday GHSU and/or ASU functions (instruction, administration, research, etc) to the Golf property and turn over the Kroger property to the City to retire bonds used to purchase Gilbert Manor.

tckr1983
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tckr1983 05/07/12 - 06:39 pm
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reserved optimism

No opinion from me until some plans with teeth come forward... If done RIGHT, this could be a great thing for downtown Augusta.

omnomnom
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omnomnom 05/07/12 - 07:18 pm
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Oh geez, more stadium babble.

Oh geez, more stadium babble. Has FRussel released the proposed financial packages that Ripken was supposed to submit to him over a year ago? Deke still bandying about that tax-allocation-district (which ahahahaha won't cost local people ANYTHING of course ahahahahahahahahah *cough* *hack* *gag* *wheeze* ahahahahahah. How big is this proposed TAD? Oh jeez o' pete. Folks, we may have only the RCBOE standing between us and one of the worst ROIs this city's seen since the TEE center.

omnomnom
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omnomnom 05/07/12 - 07:20 pm
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Pleaseopleaseoplease Azziz

Pleaseopleaseoplease Azziz "step up to the plate" and fill the GGHOF land with something sensible that is guaranteed to increase foot traffic downtown 52 weeks a year. Like a research park. Dorms. Discount lipo-clinic.

FriedFacts
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FriedFacts 05/07/12 - 07:21 pm
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Ben There, nice history about
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Ben There, nice history about the old ballpark. The main thing is to keep Deke and Co. away from the property. GHSU can utilize this property in a way that will benefit the schools and Augusta.

Iwannakno
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Iwannakno 05/07/12 - 08:45 pm
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But omnomnom you obviously
Unpublished

But omnomnom you obviously didn't see countymans comments...he knows more about all this than we do...he knows all...he is the guru of augusta and deke, cal and jacoby's personal PR man!!

Little Lamb
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Little Lamb 05/08/12 - 06:58 am
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Arts

Countyman wrote:

The Augusta Symphony and GHSU/ASU are working to create a peforming arts center, too.

I'm not sure what this comment has to do with the subject of the story, but are you talking about the Miller Theater building, Countyman?

Insider Information
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Insider Information 05/08/12 - 10:00 am
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Hate to say I'm right, but...

I have repeatedly said there are three certainties:

1) The stadium will be built

2) Taxpayers will pay for it

3) Voters will have no say - No vote and not even a public forum to have a voice

Willow Bailey
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Willow Bailey 05/08/12 - 11:14 am
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The dealings have already

The dealings have already been done; we are just waiting for the announcement.

countyman
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countyman 05/08/12 - 12:41 pm
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The performing arts center is

The performing arts center is one of many projects set to open along the riverfront...

Both the Imperial and Miller theatre will be renovated in the process..

This will truly create an 'arts district' with the help of Artist Row...

Little Lamb
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Little Lamb 05/08/12 - 02:58 pm
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Where?

Where, countyman? At the old depot property? At the pick-a-part place? Near Sunset Homes?

Augusta Symphony is working on establishing the Miller as their performing venue (at least according to the Chronicle). They won't have any funds to put into another project for many, many, many years.

Little Lamb
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Little Lamb 05/08/12 - 03:08 pm
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Here

Here are some stories about the symphony and the Miller:

September, 2011

March, 2012

countyman
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countyman 05/08/12 - 03:22 pm
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Little Lamb... Why do you

Little Lamb... Why do you have to be sarcastic or bash Augusta everyday on here?

Is Sunset homes aka Cherry Tree located along the riverfront??

If you think you already know the answer to the question then why even bother asking??

''We are talking about a packaged deal that would include the new performing arts center, improvements to the Imperial Theater and full renovations to the Miller Theater that would become home to the Augusta Symphony.''

Skooter
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Skooter 05/08/12 - 11:35 pm
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serpentine walls from Thomas Jefferson's design at Univ of VA

The serpentine shape adds strength to the design, which allowed Jefferson's walls to be built only 1 brick thick and still attain the wall height that they are. From a gardening perspective, they provide locations that provide light or shade at particular times of day or seasons of the year, whichever might be best for the plants set in those locations. That said, let us hope that the final design for the space will incorporate something that will be beneficial to the university, the Augusta community and take advantage of its location close to the convention center. Unlike other schools, like UGA, that have on-site or easily-accessible conference facilities where large meetings are able to take place, GHSU does not, nor does it have the existing parking or catering to support large conferences/conventions.

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