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TEE Center construction expected to be complete in late summer

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Construction on the $38 million project is expected to be completed in late summer 2012.

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Construction on the TEE Center is expected to be completed in late summer, but the opening date has not been set, deterring definite bookings for the facility.  EMILY ROSE BENNETT/FILE
EMILY ROSE BENNETT/FILE
Construction on the TEE Center is expected to be completed in late summer, but the opening date has not been set, deterring definite bookings for the facility.

Bookings have been slow in coming since the completion date is uncertain, making the conference center’s success more hazy than was previously hoped.

In October 2010 it was announced that the Georgia Department of Housing and Redevelopment Authorities would hold its annual conference at the TEE Center in September 2013, still a year after the project is supposed to be finished. Peggy Seigler, the director of marketing and sales for the Augusta Convention & Visitors Bureau, said the TEE Center has two other groups booked for 2013.

Approval for the project came after years of bickering between Augusta Commission members, and a bribery case is currently awaiting trial in early 2012 involving attorney David Fry.

Fry is accused of offering commissioners Alvin Mason and Corey Johnson a 3 percent cut on profits from a management company if they approved the TEE Center parking deck.

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countyman
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countyman 01/02/12 - 04:44 am
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The TEE Center is doing great

The TEE Center is doing great things for the CBD.. The WJBF studios and Fort Discovery buildings were sold.. GA DOT decided to repave Reynolds street a while back.. The parking deck opened. and the Laney Walker/Bethlehem development continues to move forward.. Expect to see plenty of additional car and foot traffic when the TEE Center opens...

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seenitB4 01/02/12 - 06:12 am
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"Bookings have been slow in

"Bookings have been slow in coming".....I'll say ...reeeel slow...

Riverman1
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Riverman1 01/02/12 - 09:19 am
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Serious question. Were the

Serious question. Were the construction folks told to slow down and not finished as previously announced in early spring? Was this done to prevent the embarrassment of the building sitting empty for over a year before that first event comes?

There is this quote from the Chronicle whose parent company is intricately involved with the TEE Center:
"Bookings have been slow in coming since the completion date is uncertain, making the conference center’s success more hazy than was previously hoped."

So are we admitting the hoped for convention business is now being recognized as the pipe dream, manipulation it was? All you involved in this $100 million rip-off should be ashamed.

Riverman1
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Riverman1 01/02/12 - 09:19 am
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Another question, Peggy

Another question, Peggy Siegler says there are two other events scheduled for 2013. Are these outside events and something that has never been to Augusta using existing facilities? The Georgia Department of Housing and Redevelopment Authorities has held this convention in Augusta before using existing facilities. Realize the TEE is going to hurt existing venues if all you are doing is simply using this building instead of others in town?

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Lori Davis 01/02/12 - 03:58 pm
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I spent this past weekend in

I spent this past weekend in Beaufort S.C. and while I was there read their local news. Someone wrote a letter to the Editor upset that the city had rejected building a similar facility based on a research study that said was a bad idea. Guess what, they took the advice. The proprietor of the B and B where I was staying said the most upset person was the wealthy man who owned the property where it would have been built. Looks kike their city council knows how to make decisions. Beaufort is a lovely tourist city that would have done way better with a convention center than Augusta, however they were smart enough to see the writing on the wall. And by the way, crime is not an issue for this city.

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Willow Bailey 01/13/12 - 03:19 pm
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Lori, the wealthy guy must

Lori, the wealthy guy must not wield the power.

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