The agenda addition, presented at the start of the city’s Engineering Services committee by Mayor Deke Copenhaver, gave Augusta Regional Collaboration Project use of a 1735 Goodrich Street property and $300,000. It passed 3-0 with Engineering chairman Joe Jackson absent.
The funds, according to an earlier presentation by ARC Project Director Matt Kwatinetz, will be used to “fully vet these projects and attract tenants, grants and private partners,” including the collection of environmental and other data at Sibley and King mills, to be redeveloped into rental space.
While little has been said publicly about the proposal’s support by the University System Board of Regents or Georgia Regents University, Copenhaver – who founded the ARC Project – said Tuesday he believed the Regents were “on board,” but that time to complete planning was running out.
In another matter, the city’s public services committee voted to suspend the license of Skittlez Bar and Grill for 30 days and place the Gordon Highway club on probation for six months after an April incident involving a 16-year-old patron and an adult dancer who was not permitted to perform at the club.
Sheriff’s Investigator Tony Hyatt said he’d learned of multiple instances of nudity at the club, while the teen had been “very openly proud of what he did on stage.”
Attorney for club owner Timothy Lowery, Hank Crane, said the violation was an isolated incident and that the club was reviewing its ID policy and obtaining an electronic card reader to verify IDs at the door. The motion to suspend Skittlez’ license passed 3-0 with Chairman Grady Smith absent. Afterward, Crane said he wasn’t sure of his client’s next steps.