Savannah Riverkeeper is headed downstream.
The environmental group plans to move its offices to a vacant – and somewhat dilapidated – building on Prep Phillips Drive that once housed Augusta’s traffic engineering shop.
“It has a lot of potential,” Savannah Riverkeeper Tonya Bonitatibus said. “We will need to do a lot of cleaning up, though.”
The property, which backs up to the river, has plenty of room to store and work on boats and would be a great location to someday offer canoe and kayak rentals and a launch site, she said.
Riverkeeper’s existing office is in a small metal building near the city’s boat ramp and the Boat House meeting and rowing facility. After six years there, the organization is out of room.
The old engineering shop is still packed with remnants of traffic signal fabrication and repair. The group is recruiting volunteers to help out on the first major cleanup day, scheduled Sept. 8.
“We will need all the people we can get,” Bonitatibus said. A permanent move is likely months away.
The Riverkeeper’s presence at the building, she said, should help stem the thefts and vandalism there since the traffic engineering department moved.