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Preservation panel to review pedestrian bridge

Tuesday, Oct. 23, 2012 1:07 PM
Last updated 6:07 PM
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The public has an opportunity to weigh in on the city’s plans to erect a pedestrian bridge connecting Augusta Convention Center to a new parking garage across Reynolds Street at a Thursday public hearing.

The hearing is before the city’s historic preservation commission, which will consider granting a certificate of appropriateness for the project. The hearing will be held at 5:30 p.m. in Room B of Augusta Public Library, 823 Telfair St.

Augusta commissioners approved the $1.1 million addition at an Aug. 27 meeting. The funds are left over from the parking deck project, City Administrator Fred Russell said.

Robin Anderson, preservation services director for Historic Augusta, said her agency had reviewed project plans and expected the bridge to be approved.

The 12-member preservation commission is appointed by the city commission and Augusta’s legislative delegation.

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Little Lamb
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Little Lamb 10/23/12 - 12:24 pm
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Put a stake in it.

Please, please, please. We have sunk enough money into this white elephant. There are so many, many projects more worthy to sink $1 million into than this unnecessary bridge.

allhans
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allhans 10/23/12 - 12:31 pm
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I agree, LL. Spending more

I agree, LL. Spending more money?

itsanotherday1
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itsanotherday1 10/23/12 - 01:23 pm
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If ya'll have a dog in this

If ya'll have a dog in this fight you need to show up and voice your displeasure. Not addressing this at anyone in particular; but I see a lot of ranting about ARC shenanigans on these pages by both posters and readers; and it leaves me wondering how many actually make a real effort to be heard.

countyman
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countyman 10/23/12 - 01:44 pm
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Hooray for Augusta!

Itsanotherday1.. The TEE Center was approved overwhelmingly by the citizens of Richmond County. The discussion should now turn into opening the best convention center in the united states. Many of the complaints on the Chronicle were related to residents living in other counties.

I can't believe Augusta is finally becoming more progressive. When people think small they end up with small results. Anytime the city decides to build something new they must push the envelope. I'd rather see nothing compared to multiple halfway done projects.

The TEE center is the reason for the construction at 901 Broad street($1.2 million).. The renovation of the Regency Inn($5 million) into the Holiday Inn Express is another example. The $1.1 million for the bridge is cheaper, and it's coming from the parking deck funds.

The new Cancer Center will include a crosswalk over 15th street. I'm not a fan of the name GRU, but I do give credit to Dr. Azziz for thinking big.

Tullie
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Tullie 10/23/12 - 02:44 pm
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Complaints..

Many of the complaints on the Chronicle were related to residents living in other counties.

You know I was thinking about that earlier today. I came up with an idea. Why don't we consolidate with Columbia County?!!??!

We merge all the offices, get rid of any excess..you know, like we did when they consolidated the City and Richmond County.

Then we would all be one big ole happy family and we could call it ARCC and then they could have fresh blood to su..I mean, fresh money, lots of it.

Then all of us could legitimately complain about what goes on downtown..so, what do you think?

dichotomy
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dichotomy 10/23/12 - 02:44 pm
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countyman.....THERE ARE NO

countyman.....THERE ARE NO PARKING DECK FUNDS because you spent TWICE what the taxpayers authorized you to spend when you built the TEE. THERE IS NO EXTRA $1.1 million laying around and, oh by the way, if you happen to find an extra million or two I'd rather you put it to the $1 million a year annual loss that nobody ever bothered to tell us about.

The TEE was overwhelming approved based on the fact that you LIED about what it was going to cost us and you failed to disclose the CROOKED deal that had already been surreptitiously agreed to for it's operation and maintenance that is an ENORMOUS additional cost to the taxpayers of this county and transfers HUGE amounts of taxpayer money directly into the pockets of the wealthiest people in town.

This whole deal STINKS and spending ANOTHER $1.1 million for an after the fact add on is absolutely incredulous. Have ANY of you financial geniuses downtown ever visited a place call REALITY?

corgimom
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corgimom 10/23/12 - 06:06 pm
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The best convention center in

The best convention center in the US....sure, with projected losses of over $1 million per year, yeppers, if it gets any better Augusta won't be able to stand it.

countyman
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countyman 10/23/12 - 06:27 pm
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The projected lost was around

The projected lost was around $900k in 2013, and the figure is only based on the thirteen events. This is nothing different from other cities the size of Augusta.

dichotomy
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dichotomy 10/23/12 - 06:41 pm
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"The projected lost was

"The projected lost was around $900k"

countyman......always a big difference between projected and actual. We taxpayers know that when one of the downtown fleecers gives us a cost number it always turns out to be TWICE that much.

mike71345
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mike71345 10/23/12 - 07:33 pm
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"Local governments are exempt

"Local governments are exempt from the requirement of obtaining certificates of appropriateness; provided, however, that local governments shall notify the commission 45 days prior to beginning an undertaking that would otherwise require a certificate of appropriateness and allow the commission an opportunity to comment."
Georgia Code, § 44-10-27

But maybe that doesn't apply, since this walkway is a private project? Maybe like the public library whose design the Historic Preservation Commission rejected by vote in a public hearing at which the Augusta/Richmond County government was (inappropriately) requesting a certificate of appropriateness?

gargoyle
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gargoyle 10/23/12 - 08:21 pm
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Who would have thought it

Who would have thought it would take a whole County to prop up four square miles? Countyman do you actually think the TEE Center would have been 'overwhelmingly approved' if the basic infastructure needs of the rest of the County were not being held hostage? When can the rest of the County expect even the smallest bone or are we just going to keep throwing all the meat and gravy downtown? As the private interests downtown get fat, the rest of the County starves.

countyman
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countyman 10/23/12 - 08:44 pm
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The downtown construction

The downtown construction projects only seem to make the headlines. The $20 million vocational high school is right next to Augusta Tech, and the sheriffs office was built in East Augusta.

Private construction outside of downtown? The Home2Suites by Hilton & the 7k sq. ft. center(Dunkin Donuts, Which Which, etc) are both under construction in the Augusta Exchange area. The Residence Inn by Marriott at 1110 Marks Church rd will break ground soon.

The $172 million Starbucks & $115 million Rockwood plants are both located in South Augusta.

OpenCurtain
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OpenCurtain 10/24/12 - 06:46 am
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Question

Is any one on the panel related to the River Front Group, or the River Front 6.

Who is writing the recommendation report?

Sorry have to ask in light of historical issues surrounding the TEE, Parking Deck, Catering and etc.. Agreements

OpenCurtain
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OpenCurtain 10/24/12 - 06:52 am
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Ease dropping on a South Side families conversation.

Honey were do you want to go to night with the kids?

West Augusta, North Augusta, Evans, or how about let's pile into the van and go look at the new shiny $172 million Starbucks & $115 million Rockwood plants in South Augusta.

Now do all you NON-South Siders get the hint?

Georgialina
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Georgialina 10/24/12 - 08:34 am
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Throwing good money after bad

It figures that someone in Richmond County would want to build something in the air again. I agree with LL's post yesterday. Haven't we wasted enough money on this monstrosity of a money pit???

Little Lamb
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Little Lamb 10/24/12 - 08:44 am
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Leftovers

City Administrator Fred (What, me worry?) Russell said, “The funds are left over from the parking deck project.”

This makes me mad. There are no funds “left over.” Those are tax dollars that need to be spent on the most pressing, most important projects we have. That skywalk is not necessary. There are more important things. They are talking about imposing a new rain tax to work on drainage issues. Maybe that is more important than a skywalk. Kill the rain tax and spend the "leftovers" on drainage, or roads, or crime prevention.

countyman
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countyman 10/24/12 - 10:56 am
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Where would you take the kids

Where would you take the kids to in Evans or North Augusta? I think most kids have been to Chick Fil A, Walmart, Zaxbys, etc before.

Unlike many of the people on here I don't hold a personal bias, so I'll admit Evans does have a movie theater.

Tullie
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Tullie 10/24/12 - 11:35 am
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Pedestrian Bridge

Who owns the land under the proposed pedestrian bridge? Who will maintain it? Are we gonna have to have all kind of add-ons on this as well?

Tell us again why this is necessary? Certain folks not wanting to get wet walking across the street?

itsanotherday1
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itsanotherday1 10/24/12 - 11:52 am
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Dittos on LL's 0924. I am not

Dittos on LL's 0924. I am not a RC taxpayer, but it galls the stuffing out of me for politicians to treat government money as "theirs" and not the citizens' from whom they confiscated it.

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