Originally created 09/21/03

City plans new monuments



Plans are under way for Augusta's downtown to get two new reminders of the past.

And if approved by the Augusta Commission this month, both monuments - one a war memorial, the other a historic clock replica - could soon be erected on Broad Street.

The first marker being pitched for the downtown corridor is a Korean War Veterans Memorial of the CSRA. The black granite wall would list the names of everyone from the Augusta area killed or missing in action from the Korean War. It also would list the names of area residents who served in the military in Korea during the war.

The proposed location for the monument, which is privately funded, is the Broad Street median between Third and Fourth streets.

The second piece of history possibly headed for downtown is a replica of a Seth Thomas street clock that once sat outside the Georgia Railroad Bank and Trust building, in the 1100 block of Broad Street. The original clock is inside Augusta Mall, where it has been since the late 1970s.

Efforts to move the original were discouraged by preservation consultants who said the clock should stay in a controlled, indoor environment, said Downtown Development Authority Executive Director Chris Naylor.

"The clock is somewhat of a symbol of the business district of the past and, we hope, a symbol of the new revitalization of the business district," Mr. Naylor said.

The replica, which is planned for the 900 block, would require not only location approval from elected officials but also $40,000 worth of sales tax dollars. The money has already been approved for downtown streetscape projects but would need to be released by elected officials.

Both requests will go before Augusta Commission committees Monday.

Reach Heidi Coryell Williams at (706) 823-3215 or heidi.williams@augustachronicle.com.



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