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Bids opened for surplus Augusta city properties

Wednesday, Oct. 3, 2012 8:19 PM
Last updated Thursday, Oct. 4, 2012 10:09 AM
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A $425,000 offer for the former Augusta-Richmond County main library building was the highest bid of 21 opened Wednesday for 14 surplus city-owned properties.

Wayne Millar, the president and owner of M Projects in Evans, had the high bid for the library building, more than twice the $200,000 offer Augusta businessman Donnie Thompson made for the property, which is assessed at $3.8 million on the city’s books.

Thompson bid on several of the surplus properties and was the only bidder to make an offer – of $300,000 – for the historic South Carolina Railroad Co. depot and adjoining acreage at 511 Reynolds St.

Thompson said the depot site could be a venue for the Thunder over Augusta air show, which moved to Columbia County last year, but that his plans for the tract weren’t that far along.

“I have a couple of ideas,” Thompson said. “I think you could make something out of that pretty easy.”

Thompson was high bidder for two other properties, a fire station at 1099 Reynolds St. and the former Augusta Metro Chamber of Commerce building, an I.M. Pei-designed structure in the Broad Street median. He bid $150,000 for the chamber building, which he said could become office space with some work.

“All of them is going to take substantial capital to get them into something, but you just have to get in there and see what you can do,” he said.

Alonzo Boardman, May­or Deke Copenhaver’s father-in-law, was the high bidder at $200,101 for another surplus fire station at 2625 Washington Road. The tract backs Boardman’s Washington Road convenience store, which faces Augusta National Golf Club.

Attracting the most bidders was a city-owned parcel at 1710 Highland Ave., across from Daniel Field. The highest of five bidders for the 5-acre tract was Trotter General LLC, which offered $310,000.

Savannah Riverkeeper, which hoped to raise enough to make an offer on a 14-acre riverfront Prep Phillips Drive tract, bid $1,000 for the property, far less than top bidder Pilcher-Hardy Rentals, which bid $111,000. The property is assessed at $987,322.

The commission must approve all bids before the properties sell. Com­missioner Jerry Brigham said he might like to see more of a development plan in some instances, such as the depot tract, because the city once spent more than $1 million to prepare the site for a condominium complex that was never built.

Others, such as the Washington Road fire station and the Highland Avenue tract, might not be hard to let go, City Administrator Fred Russell said.

Six other surplus properties, five in south Augusta and another on Sand Bar Ferry Road, attracted no bids. The city hired Augusta realty firms Sherman and Hemstreet and Blanchard and Calhoun to list the

PropertyHigh BidderBid
902 Greene St.Wayne Millar$425,000
511 Reynolds St.Donnie Thompson$300,000
386 Prep Phillips DrivePilcher-Hardy Rentals$111,000
1710 Highland Ave.Trotter General LLC$310,000
600 Broad St.Donnie Thompson$150,000
1522-1624 Broad St.Flywheel Inc.$126,000
1099 Reynolds St.Donnie Thompson$250,000
2625 Washington RoadAlonzo P. Boardman$200,101
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harley_52 10/04/12 - 07:08 am
How Was This Sale...

...advertised to the public?

Riverman1 10/04/12 - 07:18 am
These bids are a sad

These bids are a sad commentary on Augusta. Anyone know what properties in South Augusta did not receive any offers?

Riverman1 10/04/12 - 07:19 am
It could be neat to have an

It could be neat to have an office in an I.M. Pei designed building.

Little Lamb
Little Lamb 10/04/12 - 08:53 am
Planning & Development

One of the south Augusta properties up for bid (and presumably one of the ones that received no bids) was the office of Augusta's Planning & Development department at 1815 Marvin Griffin Road. That office is nicely appointed and has inspectors and supervisors working there. It also houses the city's sign shop.

Now, you tell me why the city is offering an active, functioning office building that the city owns free and clear up for bid as surplus. If someone were to buy it, then the city would have to move the employees into some other space, presumably a rental. I don't see the logic.

JRC2024 10/04/12 - 09:18 am
LL, The Planning and Zoneing

LL, The Planning and Zoneing and Inspection Departments have already been combined under Planning and Development. They could move to the Municipal Building on Green Street since the courts have moved out. Don't know about the sign department.

Little Lamb
Little Lamb 10/04/12 - 11:06 am

Thanks for the info, JRC. That would make some sense, if and when Fred (What, me worry?) Russell ever gets the Marble Palace remodeling done. The courts moved out a long time ago and their space is still vacant.

By the way, next door to Planning & Development on Marvin Griffin Road is a privately-owned commercial/industrial building that used to be functioning, but now is boarded up. Obama has been brutal to small business owners (except for the ones who were large campaign donors).

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