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It would replace the aging and outdated James Brown Arena and Bell Auditorium, and it could prepare the city to hold much larger sports events such as the NCAA women’s basketball tournament, he said.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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corgimom
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corgimom 01/22/14 - 10:22 am
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Yes, it looks pink to me.

Yes, it looks pink to me.

Little Old Lady
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Little Old Lady 01/22/14 - 10:27 am
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Parking

Doesn't Mr. Johnson get that there is NO parking on the riverfront. Augusta does need a new civic center but NOT downtown on the riverfront.

Little Lamb
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Little Lamb 01/22/14 - 11:20 am
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Pink Tie

I saw the weatherman on Fox 54 News last night wearing a pink tie. Is that the "in" color now?

countyman
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countyman 01/22/14 - 11:35 am
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Hilarious!!!!

What does the graduation rate in Richmond County have to do with the article?

The graduation rate is also 58% if you wanted to accurate..

dichotomy
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dichotomy 01/22/14 - 01:30 pm
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"Doesn't Mr. Johnson get that

"Doesn't Mr. Johnson get that there is NO parking on the riverfront."

Well, like the TEE, that is where the unmentioned EXTRA $20 to $40 million comes in to build some parking decks.......AFTER the fact, and not on the SPLOST. Another one of those "oops, we forgot to mention that $xx million". And then, of course, we have to pay some of our favorite rich folks to run them and reserve the best parking spaces for themselves. Oh yeh, and probably buy the property for the decks from them since they own most of it down there. Or maybe we just need the "air rights".

bright idea
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bright idea 01/22/14 - 08:25 pm
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I guess

it would create more GOVERNMENT jobs. Isn't that the wave now?

SS Augusta
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SS Augusta 01/22/14 - 09:08 pm
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Embarrassing

"The graduation rate is also 58% if you wanted to accurate.."

JRC2024
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JRC2024 01/22/14 - 11:08 pm
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His dad needs to lose the

His dad needs to lose the shades. Not very "cool" looking.

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GnipGnop 01/22/14 - 11:57 pm
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Mentioning the graduation rate

shows that you have a citizenship that struggles with basic understanding and reading comprehension. It shows that they are easily influenced into voting for things that benefit the people who are running the show not the ones that pay for the show. Look at reality not your pie in the sky dreams for once. So I missed it by 1% point. How many months have you missed the Five Guys opening in South Augusta? 16 months and counting?

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Riverman1 01/23/14 - 05:44 am
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Funny Comment

"The graduation rate is also 58% if you wanted to accurate.."

One of the funniest comments in a while.

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