Officials settle into new home

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The Greater North Augusta Chamber of Commerce moved out of its old offices Monday and into new digs it will share with a nonprofit economic development organization it helped create.

Carlton Davis (left) and Russ Little, of ASDI United Van Lines, move furniture into the new offices of the Greater North Augusta Chamber of Commerce on West Avenue on Monday.  J. Scott Trubey/Staff
J. Scott Trubey/Staff
Carlton Davis (left) and Russ Little, of ASDI United Van Lines, move furniture into the new offices of the Greater North Augusta Chamber of Commerce on West Avenue on Monday.

The chamber will occupy half of 406 West Ave. with North Augusta 2000, a nonprofit group dedicated to improving the quality of life in the city.

The two organizations shared office space from August 2001 to May 2007, North Augusta 2000 Executive Director Kathy Gilliland said.

For nearly a decade, the chamber has been based in a century-old Victorian home at the corner of Clifton and Georgia avenues, said Judy Whaley, the group's director of member services.

Presley Realty Co. is scheduled to complete the purchase of the chamber's old offices Jan. 15, Mrs. Whaley said. Chamber officials said the building was bought for $300,000, and it is to become the real estate firm's new headquarters.

The chamber's move is only temporary. President Bill Bassham said money from the sale will be placed in an interest-bearing account until a new office is purchased or built.

Building or buying a new office building is a "long-range" plan, Mr. Bassham said.

High maintenance and utility costs, a lack of parking and poor visibility from Georgia Avenue were some of the reasons chamber officials cited when its board voted to sell the building in November.

The new office space solves many of those concerns, Mr. Bassham said.

"I think it will give us a lot more accessibility; it will give us a lot more parking and more visibility," he said.

Ideally, he said, the chamber would prefer to move to Center Street, a thoroughfare under construction that will connect downtown to the town center planned for Hammond's Ferry.

Reach J. Scott Trubey at (706) 823-3424 or scott.trubey@augustachronicle.com.


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