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Former chamber building gets landscape work

Thursday, Sept. 27, 2012 1:48 PM
Last updated 10:21 PM
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The former Augusta Metro Chamber of Commerce building got a sprucing Thursday from city Engineering Department workers, who removed dead wood and shaped the crowns of several nearby oaks.

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City workers trim trees in the parking pit on Broad Street, in front of the former Augusta Metro Chamber of Commerce building. The city-owned building has been empty since 2010.  ZACH BOYDEN-HOLMES/STAFF
ZACH BOYDEN-HOLMES/STAFF
City workers trim trees in the parking pit on Broad Street, in front of the former Augusta Metro Chamber of Commerce building. The city-owned building has been empty since 2010.

The work was routine maintenance performed by the crew, which has been working its way down several Broad Street blocks in recent weeks, removing a few trees and shaping up others, Traffic Engineer Steve Cassell said.

In the median of the 600 block of Broad Street, the 6,654-square-foot brick chamber building is one of several city-owned properties available for auction.

Sealed bids for the properties will be opened next week.

Built in 1978, the chamber building was designed by Chinese-born architect I.M. Pei. The building has been empty since the chamber moved to a Greene Street office building in 2010.

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Little Lamb 09/27/12 - 04:37 pm
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Strange

I saw something strange. The building housing some employees of the Planning & Development Department (and the city sign shop) at 1815 Marvin Griffin Rd. has one of those "for sale by sealed bid" signs in front of it. The employees inside think (but are not sure) that they will be staying in the building after it is sold.

Why would the city want to sell a building it owns, only to begin paying rent to a landlord?

I fully support selling vacant or undeveloped property, but selling offices and leaving the employees there is a bit strange to me.

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