Johnson pushes new $100 million coliseum complex at campaign announcement

Tuesday, Jan. 21, 2014 1:25 PM
Last updated Wednesday, Jan. 22, 2014 8:48 PM
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Augusta Mayor Pro Tem Corey Johnson is running for state Senate – but first, the two-term Augusta Commission member said, he wants to help bring a $100 million coliseum and performing arts theater to the downtown riverfront.

Flanked by his parents Arlene and Alston Johnson, Augusta Mayor Pro Tem Corey Johnson (center) says his run for the state Senate doesn't mean his commission work is done.  SUSAN MCCORD/STAFF
SUSAN MCCORD/STAFF
Flanked by his parents Arlene and Alston Johnson, Augusta Mayor Pro Tem Corey Johnson (center) says his run for the state Senate doesn't mean his commission work is done.

“I still have a year left on the commission, and the work is not over,” Johnson said at a campaign announcement Tuesday. “That’s why I’m pro­po­sing that we start the conversation to build a new entertainment complex.

“This will consist of a new 12,000- to 15,000-seat James Brown Arena and performing arts theater and, in my
opinion, (located) on the river.”

The $100 million endeavor would require funding from the city’s latest special purpose local option sales tax package now under development, Johnson said.

It would replace the aging and outdated James Brown Arena and Bell Auditorium, and it could prepare the city to hold much larger sports events such as the NCAA women’s basketball tournament, he said.

Johnson said he had spoken with members of the Brown family and the Augusta-Richmond County Coliseum Authority and representatives of Georgia Regents University and that all are on board with the plan.

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Little Lamb
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Little Lamb 01/21/14 - 02:36 pm
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Futurity

Can we have the cutting horse futurity, the barrel racing, the tractor pulls, and the MMA fights in the performing arts center, Mr. Johnson?

Do you think this panic-driven, last-ditch effort will bring back Christmas Made in the South, Mr. Johnson?

Have you lost your mind, Mr. Johnson?

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I hope he wins his senate race. He'll do less damage to us there than on the commission.

Little Lamb
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Little Lamb 01/21/14 - 02:54 pm
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Minimum Wage

Hey, while you're at it, Mr. Johnson, see what you can do about raising the minimum wage to $1,000 an hour.

Riverman1
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Riverman1 01/21/14 - 03:05 pm
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Heh, heh, heh

Heh, heh, heh. That will get Corey Johnson some major support and money from the powers that be.

badmoon426
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badmoon426 01/21/14 - 03:06 pm
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No way...

... No way!

jrsc429
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jrsc429 01/21/14 - 03:07 pm
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He has lost my vote

With all of the issues that need attention in the area, and Mr. Johnson wants this pipe dream? I am happy that he will not be on the Commission after this year, and he has lost my vote for State Senate,

David Parker
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David Parker 01/21/14 - 03:18 pm
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Mayor C wanted a baseball

Mayor C wanted a baseball diamond. Small potatos in comparison.

dichotomy
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dichotomy 01/21/14 - 03:31 pm
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Oh good, another NUT.

Oh good, another NUT. Definite NO VOTE on SPLOST. Corey Johnson you are out of your mind. We are going to be lucky to be able to pay $1 million to Paul Simon and the maintenance and up keep of the TEE. No more DOWNTOWN boondoggles.

I think this "SPLOST preparation" period was a real bad time to not have a strong administrator in place. Apparently every nutcase in town is going to come out of the woodwork with not so bright ideas. None of which have the slightest clue about bonds and long term financing.

willie7
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willie7 01/21/14 - 03:48 pm
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Tell Corey to go get himself
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Tell Corey to go get himself a job and then I will vote for him.
The man doesn't work!!!

badmoon426
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badmoon426 01/21/14 - 03:50 pm
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Honestly, this is a...

...pipe dream.

The TEE Center has been operational for over a year and still they have not booked the TEE Center to maximum usefulness.

So what about the proposed convention center associated with the North Augusta baseball park.

Sounds to me like there are just too many venues already built or being proposed and not enough events.

willie7
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willie7 01/21/14 - 03:53 pm
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We need some persons in the
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We need some persons in the state senate who have shown some success in their career or business. I am tired of these loses who want to make it off politics.

ColCo
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ColCo 01/21/14 - 04:25 pm
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On the river?

Exactly where? The pension property is all that's left and it's not big enough. Maybe you can throw it in with that entertainment zone you've been "secretly" working on. This is just another pie-in-the-sky campaign promise that has no chance of ever happening.

Just My Opinion
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Just My Opinion 01/21/14 - 04:44 pm
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C'mon....this dude has GOT to

C'mon....this dude has GOT to be joking!
I'm telling you, with this sort of thing, coupled with crazy Marion and his idiot thinking, these folks are doing all they can to make Augusta turn out just like Detroit!! The government ran amok, and ran the city into the ground...and I mean DEEP into the ground.

Riverman1
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Riverman1 01/21/14 - 05:11 pm
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I bet I know who will support

I bet I know who will support the idea.

KSL
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KSL 01/21/14 - 05:27 pm
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Three guesses and the last 2

Three guesses and the last 2 don't count!

grinder48
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grinder48 01/21/14 - 05:32 pm
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What a Team!
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Members of the Brown family and the Coliseum Authority and GRU are all on board with the plan ... now that just a heck of a line up! Ain't the Browns a fine example of how to come together to get something done. And Honest Abe azziz??? I agree with all the posts above, Corey Johnson is obviously an idiot.

jwilliams
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jwilliams 01/21/14 - 05:43 pm
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Corey “Because I’m GREAT”

Corey “Because I’m GREAT” Johnson (his words not mine) is at it again. He continues to talk about the wants in the downtown area of a “select” few that don’t even live in Senate district 22 and neglect the “NEEDS” of the many that live in Senate seat 22, especially south Richmond County. Good people of Senate seat district 22, especially the good, hard working voters of south Richmond County, remember the “GREAT ONE” when you go to the polls. The downtown area has transit, paved roads, restaurants and retail, the very same thing that south Richmond County “NEEDS”. All that Corey “Because I’m GREAT” Johnson (his words not mine) is interested in is his “FRIENDS” wants and not the “NEEDS” of the good people of Senate seat district 22.

my.voice
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my.voice 01/21/14 - 05:58 pm
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Yes, please sink 100 million

Yes, please sink 100 million so we have a better place NOT to have a hockey team, NOT to have arena football, etc.

unapologetik
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unapologetik 01/21/14 - 05:59 pm
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right on JW

right on JW

Sweet son
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Sweet son 01/21/14 - 06:18 pm
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jwilliams
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jwilliams 01/21/14 - 06:35 pm
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Sweet son I AGREE! Corey

Sweet son I AGREE! Corey “Because I’m GREAT” Johnson (his words not mine) has done a terrible job as an ARC commissioner for district 2, what makes ANYONE think he will do any better at the state level.

gargoyle
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gargoyle 01/21/14 - 10:00 pm
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We can barely afford him as a

We can barely afford him as a City Commissioner , now imagine the damage he can do in a higher office . All the sitting commissioners need their past performance in the last years hung on them like a stone. Mr. Johnsons share would be hard to move.

story1
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story1 01/21/14 - 10:11 pm
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VOTE NO

We have to get out and vote "No" on Splost. This is a scare tactic - it will be watered down by vote time and a new PAC and significant $$$ for non-profit groups will be hidden in the package. If there are any "Outside Agencies" getting money from Splost 2014, Vote NO!

SS Augusta
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SS Augusta 01/21/14 - 10:57 pm
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Embarrassing

Have you been to an event at James Brown Arena lately? Embarrassing. Downtown riverfront? Embarrassing (well, except the Marriott-Riverfront Center-TEE). Bell Auditorium? Substandard for a city of our size, i.e., embarrassing. You're living in 1975 if you don't think we need a new entertainment complex. These comments are embarrassing. Been to a commission meeting lately? Corey Johnson (don't know him) is one of the few things not embarrassing. He will have my support, for this idea and his campaign.

gargoyle
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gargoyle 01/21/14 - 11:22 pm
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Not embarrassing , how about

Not embarrassing , how about the golf course vote . Mr. Johnson wanted a do over because in his words he didn't understand what he voted on .Big gas card user in a very small district . Fondness of travel on the public dime.

Pops
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Pops 01/22/14 - 12:34 am
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Not their money

"Johnson said he had spoken with members of the Brown family and the Augusta-Richmond County Coliseum Authority and representatives of Georgia Regents University and that all are on board with the plan."

I'm so glad these people are on board......the "funds" do not come from them.......why not spend 200 million......what a waste of thought from this guy.

jwilliams
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jwilliams 01/22/14 - 12:58 am
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Hello SS Augusta, the acronym

Hello SS Augusta, the acronym SS is often used as an abbreviation for Steam Ship. If this is the case, I hope you have life preservers on board, because if you are supporting Corey “Because I’m GREAT” Johnson (his words not mine) you may go down with the ship.

GnipGnop
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GnipGnop 01/22/14 - 01:45 am
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Looks like

he is putting the cart before the horse...though the SPLOST will probably pass...what do you expect from a county with a 57% graduation rate?

iaaffg
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iaaffg 01/22/14 - 07:29 am
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hahahahahahahahahahahahahahah

hahahahahahahahahahahahahahahahahahaaha.
another 'politician' with a dream, it's enough to make you lose your morning cuppa.

KSL
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KSL 01/22/14 - 07:41 am
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Is he wearing a pink tie?

Is he wearing a pink tie?

soapy_725
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soapy_725 01/22/14 - 10:21 am
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Government taxpayer funded construction. Can you say SOPRANO.
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Government taxpayer funded construction. Can you say SOPRANO.

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