When the wise management of Richmond County built the existing arena, they accepted a design from I.M. Pei that left them 500 seats shy of what was needed to book exceptional shows without costing a small fortune for the tickets. So Augustans still have to purchase tickets in Atlanta or Charlotte to see big name acts.
I really don’t care where in Richmond County you build a new venue. I want to know about how competently you have planned the new one.
Are you planning for enough seating this time? Really? Will there be enough seats to allow for the booking of those acts in say, 20 years? Or will you have planned for the next two to three years only, which would be typical of your budgetary restraints placed on new construction. (How long before the old jail became useless, and the current arena failed?)
Will your specifications be adequate, and are you going to make contractual obligations such that the companies doing the work do so according to design specifications? Are the architects being required to insure, and ensure, their designs are adequate?
Are you going to hire some qualified quality assurance personnel to make sure design specifications are met? I want to see your projections, because to be honest no one in the Richmond County government appears to be very successful at that sort of thing. And why aren’t the Augusta Chronicle and local TV news people presenting this sort of information to the public?
Are the taxpayers of this county going to once again pay for a public building that is a failure before it even opens, due to poor planning?
Wake up Augusta. History has proven there are far more important things to be asking and considering than fighting over the location of any public building/facility in Augusta.