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Pardon our Mess: Old library

Sunday, June 22, 2014 8:15 PM
Last updated Monday, June 23, 2014 9:24 AM
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WHERE: Former main library, 902 Greene St.

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Trash litters the ground in front of the former library.  STAFF
Trash litters the ground in front of the former library.

WHAT: Dying trees, weeds, trash and a condemned building surround the former East Central Georgia headquarters library

WHO’S RESPONSIBLE: Augusta Utilities is renovating the city-owned building; Augusta Recreation, Parks and Facilities is responsible for maintenance; Holy Trinity Greek Orthodox Church owns the condemned building; the nonprofit Trees for Augusta planted several trees by the building last year.

ACTION PROMISED: Bryan Haltermann, the founder of Trees for Augusta, said he wasn’t sure why two of the trees planted last year weren’t thriving, but “the last we checked, those trees at the end (of the block) still have green wood… It’s the nature of planting anything. You do the best you can; most live, but sometimes things happen.” If the trees don’t come back, Haltermann said they’ll look at replacing them in the fall. Weeds by the trees were cut last week but the brown saplings remained.

Tom Wiedmeier, the director of Augusta Utilities, said he expects the area to improve when the department completes a $3 million to $4 million renovation of the building, to be used as Utilities administrative offices and a customer service center for water and sewer customers. Architects Chris Booker and Associates are completing conceptual designs now, he said. There are also plans to buy the condemned structure next door to create a driveway and more parking, he said.


PROBLEM AREAS? Contact us if you know of a place where the grass needs cutting, a pothole needs fixing or litter needs collecting.

CONTACT US: Visit to share your ideas or connect with us on social media using #AUGmess.

WE’LL INVESTIGATE: We’ll contact the proper authorities and let you know what they plan to do to clean up the mess.

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Little Lamb
Little Lamb 06/22/14 - 08:53 pm
Bad Idea

The city of Augusta should have sold the old library property. By trying to hang on to this inefficient building with a pesky flat roof, maintenance costs will eat us taxpayers alive.

Just because a city government owns a parcel of land, does not mean that they can't sell it!

Cut your losses, Augusta!

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