Extra master plan to cost $500,000

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John Shields, a former principal partner with Boston-based ICON Architecture Inc., says another master plan picking up where the last one left off will cost about $500,000, according to City Administrator Fred Russell.

In March the Augusta Commission charged Mr. Russell with negotiating a fee with ICON for a master plan covering everything not included in the downtown plan sponsored by Augusta Tomorrow, which cost $275,000 and was unveiled earlier this year. It conceived of an estimated $1.5 billion in projects for Augusta and North Augusta during the next 20 years.

Commissioners said they want the next one to focus on south Augusta, though it would include west Augusta, too.

The board will consider a contract with Shields Design LLC at Tuesday's meeting, and Mr. Russell said he hopes to negotiate down the proposed contract amount.

Augusta, North Augusta and private donors shared the downtown plan's costs. Commissioners have said they hope south Augusta's private industries and employers, along with the cities of Hephzibah and Blythe, will contribute to the next one.

Mr. Shields would work with ICON to refine the Planning Commission's 2009 Comprehensive Plan, according to Mr. Russell.

He would draw up plans for five large "neighborhood planning areas" and eight "prototype projects."

The project would start in May or June and take 14 months to finish.

Reach Johnny Edwards at (706) 823-3225 or johnny.edwards@augustachronicle.com.


An update on the current master plan for downtown Augusta and North Augusta.

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Little Lamb
Little Lamb 05/02/09 - 08:17 am
Don't you think we should

Don't you think we should finish the $1.5 billion improvements from the first plan before the pay $500,000 for a second plan?

jgdarling 05/02/09 - 09:01 am
Please. No.

Please. No.

jack 05/02/09 - 10:15 am
Leave North Augusta alone!

Leave North Augusta alone! We don't need the Richmond County trash or idiotic ideas like trollies that won't be used and down town ball park that isn't needed. We are doing just fine on our own..

Brad Owens
Brad Owens 05/02/09 - 06:39 pm
More wasted money on crapola

More wasted money on crapola we don't need. Makes em' feel good about it huh?

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