Could Fort Discovery be TEE center?

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Has anyone ever considered Fort Discovery being used as the TEE center? It would make sense, as the facility already is here. With some modifications, could this work? How much could we save and use the money elsewhere? Novel concept.

Is the facility usable? Let's put this to good use if the National Science Center falters.

Bo Slendak, Augusta

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omnomnom
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omnomnom 10/12/09 - 12:28 am
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but then the powers that be

but then the powers that be (certain commissioner's buddies) wouldn't profit from it. Sensible solutions have no place in a "bass ackward" city like Augusta.

Emerydan
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Emerydan 10/12/09 - 01:59 am
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I first saw this suggestion

I first saw this suggestion on Butch Palmer's campaign website. I thought was a good idea, and now it appears that the asking price is $5.5 million. It has 128,000 square feet and considering there is already about $28 million in the bank from SPLOST, the city could buy Fort Discovery, reconfigure it for a TEE center, and build a parking deck without spending a dime extra. This proposal definately needs to be considered.

xanadu
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xanadu 10/12/09 - 04:47 am
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if it makes sense, no one

if it makes sense, no one will pay attention. if none of the city commissioners can make a dime from it, it won't float. if they can't send someone to bumscrew oklahoma to study a similar situation and get 'ideas', it won't go over either.

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ColdBeerBoiledPeanuts 10/12/09 - 05:24 am
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There is a parking deck

There is a parking deck underground there but it will only accomodate regular autos, no large vehicles or buses. It's not a bad idea and should be considered. It keeps everything within the same downtown footprint for the promised Hotel also.!!

concernednative
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concernednative 10/12/09 - 05:30 am
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It won't make ol Billy and

It won't make ol Billy and his cronies any money so forget about it. He has already been promised it won't fly or else his staff wouldn't have even published this letter.

TechLover
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TechLover 10/12/09 - 06:20 am
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Why not make it the TEE

Why not make it the TEE Center, and build stables and a horse arena there. Add a few carnival rides and they can call it Billyworld.

justus4
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justus4 10/12/09 - 06:33 am
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A serious purposal would be
Unpublished

A serious purposal would be drafted and signed by serious citizens and presented to the Commission and Mayor requesting their comments. Have those elected officials respond to a official proposal with their positions. That way, any doubt would be eliminated about where that body stood. In other words-pinned down. However, the TEE center is actually a strawman. The real mission is something else...don't know what, but something else.

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Junket831 10/12/09 - 06:37 am
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This idea makes more sense

This idea makes more sense then putting it at the JBA. Although I would think the renovations would be more involved to make adequate meeting space.

ColdBeerBoiledPeanuts
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ColdBeerBoiledPeanuts 10/12/09 - 07:35 am
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Junket, I'm familiar with the

Junket, I'm familiar with the building and it would just involve moving some walls with aren't load bearing. Primarily cosmetic changes. I think it's the best idea put forward yet, and the least expensive.. Use the rest of the money to clean up and make downtown safe with more law enforcement on a permanent assignment.

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disssman 10/12/09 - 07:36 am
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About the only problems would

About the only problems would be removing the support walls to make it an open space. And the engineering to do that would omly cost about 50 million dollars. Have you folks ever been inside Fort Discovery? Those concrete walls aren't there for looks. And another thing, Fort Discovery is moving because it has essentially no parking so whay would change?

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joebowles 10/12/09 - 07:48 am
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Dissman, that is being too

Dissman, that is being too specific and logical. Not to mention that 96% of the tradeshow representatives listed an adjoining hotel as the First priority. Lets just forget the site selection results that took 2 years to analyze and put it where nobody will come.

MrAlwaysRight
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MrAlwaysRight 10/12/09 - 08:35 am
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Putting the TEE center in the

Putting the TEE center in the Fort Discovery building will never fly, after all the ghetto neighborhoods wouldn't get their extortion money.

obkad
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obkad 10/12/09 - 10:00 am
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SASpursFan, you're absolutely

SASpursFan, you're absolutely correct, but the city I've heard of is somewhere in Egypt, but with a similar but different name....

gnumbgnuts
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gnumbgnuts 10/12/09 - 10:59 am
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I know! Let's spend 3mil on a

I know! Let's spend 3mil on a STUDY!

imdstuf
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imdstuf 10/12/09 - 11:57 am
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We are not getting lots of

We are not getting lots of major conventions here no matter how we slice it. We are not a destination spot.

imdstuf
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imdstuf 10/12/09 - 11:58 am
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You know those bumper

You know those bumper stickers people buy with initials when they visit someplace like Las Vegas, Myrtle Beach, etc? I doubt there are ever going to be people riding around with them for Augusta.

FallingLeaves
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FallingLeaves 10/12/09 - 12:13 pm
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Butch Palmer asked this same

Butch Palmer asked this same question in another venue. Interesting thought.

Emerydan
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Emerydan 10/12/09 - 12:27 pm
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When Butch Palmer first

When Butch Palmer first brought this up a week ago I was thinking, "Well there has to be a catch.. they probably want way too much for the building." But the asking price is $5.5 million and the city could probably buy it for less since the owners would have a hard time selling it ( I mean what else could it really be used for?) At that price, the city already has the money in the bank to make the reconfigurations and even build a parking deck. Morris' company could still operate it (if they are still deemed the best entity to run the facility and maybe negotiate their management fee). It's a much better location IMHO than the James Brown Arena site.. that's just too far a walk to anything.

Emerydan
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Emerydan 10/12/09 - 12:36 pm
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When this supposed "study"

When this supposed "study" was done, Fort Discovery was in no danger of closing and thus was not even considered. Things have changed folks. I'd like to know exactly who participated in this site selection "study" and their ties to that land. And isn't supposedly the WHOLE selling point now for building this TEE Ceneter is to get a new Hotel out of it? Why couldn't a hotel be built on the land beside Fort Discovery? It keeps looking more and more obvious that certain ppl are not necessarily interested in getting a TEE center built but are more concerned with rewarding certain big shots with having something built on THEIR land that they will benefit from.

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Jdog33 10/12/09 - 01:09 pm
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CEITPro, your ignorant,

CEITPro, your ignorant, negative & racist comments , never seems to amaze me. If you can't say something positive or constructive..keep you big mouth shut!!!!Your comment!"(Putting the TEE center in the Fort Discovery building will never fly, after all the ghetto neighborhoods wouldn't get their extortion money)"!!!!!!!!! Lot of good useful comments here today..Thanks for the input.

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Tullie 10/12/09 - 01:50 pm
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This is taken from the City

This is taken from the City of Augusta's web page, under the Operations Department they already have the contract for the parking deck that is located at Fort Discovery.

The employees pay to park in it. Who owns it?

Parking Facilities - Rick Acree
The Assistant Director of this Division administers contracts for the parking facilities located at Riverfront Center, Fort Discovery, and the Public Facility at the corner of Greene and 9th Streets. Maintenance of these facilities is performed by Facilities Management Operations Groups.

Quote from disssman: "Fort Discovery is moving because it has essentially no parking so whay would change?"

That is not the reason why Fort Discovery is being sold.

Emerydan
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Emerydan 10/12/09 - 01:57 pm
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Tullie, it is my

Tullie, it is my understanding that the DDA owns that parking deck. Please correct me if I am wrong. They have the bonding authority to build another one if it is necessary. The main issue here I think is whether the Fort Discovery space would be usable as a TEE Center. i think it could be, and for a lot less money than want they want to spend on a brand new facility.

themaninthemirror
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themaninthemirror 10/12/09 - 02:11 pm
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It makes as much as sense as

It makes as much as sense as anything else. Why not?

MrAlwaysRight
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MrAlwaysRight 10/12/09 - 02:12 pm
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CEITPro, your ignorant,

CEITPro, your ignorant, negative & racist comments , never seems to amaze me. If you can't say something positive or constructive..keep you big mouth shut!!!!Your comment!"(Putting the TEE center in the Fort Discovery building will never fly, after all the ghetto neighborhoods wouldn't get their extortion money)"!!!!!!!!! Lot of good useful comments here today..Thanks for the input.
Posted by Jdog33 on Mon Oct 12, 2009 2:09 PM ... I see the truth hurts, jdogpoo. Don't like it? Don't read it. Have a blissful, ignorant life.

MrAlwaysRight
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MrAlwaysRight 10/12/09 - 02:14 pm
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The term "ghetto" refers to

The term "ghetto" refers to an economically depressed area. It is your own guilt and racism to infer racial connotations. You've never seen a "white ghetto"? Please try to limit your diatribes to people who share your IQ level.... like Austin Rhodes or Betty Beard.

Emerydan
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Emerydan 10/12/09 - 02:18 pm
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"white ghetto?".... I think

"white ghetto?".... I think that's called Appalachia.

MrAlwaysRight
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MrAlwaysRight 10/12/09 - 02:22 pm
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Watch it, Dan. Ghetto is now

Watch it, Dan. Ghetto is now a racist term. This from someone who calls themselves "dog". Heel boy. Stay. Good dog!

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mad_max 10/12/09 - 02:35 pm
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How soon we forget. The

How soon we forget. The principal person that leads the "group" that wants the city to build the TEE Center and let his "group" operate it under contract is the SAME PERSON that arranged to put Fort Discovery in the former Billy Morris property at Port Royal. He has already unloaded the pink elephant for Billy once and will want nothing to do with it again.

Emerydan
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Emerydan 10/12/09 - 02:38 pm
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Mad_max... is his name the

Mad_max... is his name the same as a famous singer?

Emerydan
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Emerydan 10/12/09 - 03:24 pm
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If a TEE center is going to

If a TEE center is going to built, this is really the only way I can see it happening. I just don't see the commission or the voters approving the current expensive proposal by the Marriot with all of the bribery corruption charges surrounding it. It's just too toxic. This is a reasonable alternative that will cost us much less money.

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