New judicial center, library remain on schedule

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Augusta's new judicial center continues on schedule, officials say.

"They're pouring the fourth floor now on that center section," said Rick Acree, Augusta's assistant director of facilities management. "Things are going real well."

The $67 million center, between 10th Street and James Brown Boulevard, was designed to have 15 courtrooms and hearing rooms and space for the district attorney's and solicitor's offices. It will be roughly 180,000 square feet when finished, Mr. Acree said. Construction is "on or ahead of schedule" for completion by the first quarter of 2011, he said.

The center will have a two-story portion and a section with four stories.

"That's kind of the critical path ... to get that part done," Mr. Acree said of the four-story section.

Ground was broken for the center at the end of last year.

Augusta is tackling two other major projects downtown: a new library near Telfair Street and James Brown Boulevard and expansion work at the Phinizy Road jail.

Those projects also are on schedule, Mr. Acree said. The new library, which will be more than double the size of the old facility at 95,000 square feet, is to be done in June.

Gary Swint, the director of the East Central Georgia Regional Libraries, said much of the exterior work is complete and interior details are being addressed.

A steel structure for the library began around February.

Mr. Swint said there was talk of using the old library for sheriff's office space or court records. He said some private individuals have also expressed interest in the building. None of those possibilities panned out.

Mr. Swint said officials are also trying to have the state deed over property now occupied by the library's audiovisual center. The goal would be to have that area turned into about 40 parking spaces.

The new library includes a parking lot with 61 spaces, he said.

The Charles B. Webster Detention Center on Phinizy Road is scheduled to open in 2010.

Reach Preston Sparks at (803) 648-1395, ext. 110, or preston.sparks@augustachronicle.com.

TOP THREE AUGUSTA PROJECTS

Project Budget Projected completion Judicial Center $67 million On schedule for early 2011 New Augusta library $24 million On schedule for June Phinizy Road jail expansion $36 million On schedule for 2010
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Craig Spinks
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Craig Spinks 08/15/09 - 02:26 am
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If someone suggests naming

If someone suggests naming the new judicial center for Bill Fleming, I have a rail, a bucket of tar and a bundle of feathers for that someone.

Riverman1
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Riverman1 08/15/09 - 08:02 am
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The John H. Ruffin Jr.

The John H. Ruffin Jr. Judicial Center.

ironpurps
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ironpurps 08/15/09 - 08:17 am
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Hope they have a comfortable

Hope they have a comfortable homeless section at this library like the old one, as well as an area to be harassed going and coming.

rufus
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rufus 08/15/09 - 09:06 am
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Why would anyone consider

Why would anyone consider Ruffin?

CKB
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CKB 08/15/09 - 09:50 am
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Rufus, I could not agree with

Rufus, I could not agree with you more! And also for Mulherin!

CKB
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CKB 08/15/09 - 09:53 am
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And can anyone explain how

And can anyone explain how the library will handle the street people in the library not reading but sleeping all over the tables and taking up space that people who need tp use the library can not. This is a total waste of money! It's a shame voters do not really have a choice in Augusta.

Riverman1
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Riverman1 08/15/09 - 09:53 am
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Ruffin had a distinguished

Ruffin had a distinguished career. He was also prominent in the civil rights struggle. Judge Ruffin was the first black member of the Augusta Bar Association, first black Augusta Superior Court judge, first black Court of Appeals Chief Judge. Matter of fact, he is the only Appeals Court Chief Judge from Augusta in recent hisory. With the blacks on the Commission supporting him, it's a sure thing. It will be the John H. Ruffin Jr. Judicial Center.

WW1949
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WW1949 08/15/09 - 11:28 am
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The name should not be for a

The name should not be for a particular person. It should be The Augusta Judicial Center or The Richmond County Judicial Center.

LadyCisback
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LadyCisback 08/15/09 - 11:57 am
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education needs money.. not

education needs money.. not these waste of time projects.. new judicial center and library.. please.. give me a break!!

disssman
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disssman 08/15/09 - 01:04 pm
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I wonder how many tents and

I wonder how many tents and rolls of razor wire we could have bought with 32 Million? But then the prisoners would have had to livr like soldiers, wouldn't they. On a per prisoner basis I wonder what this bag of pork is costing us? BTW the judicial center location was justified because it had to near the jail (for access to the downtown lawyers) and yet they build the new jail on Phinizy road, go figure.

cncop1
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cncop1 08/15/09 - 05:02 pm
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I hope there is professional

I hope there is professional oversight for all the building projects since the past has proven not so.

sharpshooter
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sharpshooter 08/15/09 - 06:30 pm
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The older judicial center had

The older judicial center had too many problems and needed to be 'super sized'. Augusta should be grateful that local workers are performing the work. The added revenue to the local economy is badly needed, and the income to local families is a win-win situation.

LCC0256
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LCC0256 08/15/09 - 06:38 pm
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How about naming it for the

How about naming it for the DA that served this area for 51 years in office. Never was there a hint of scandal or malfeasance while he was in office. He was a Christian man who routinely quoted the Bible (now of course he would be admonished for doing so) during his prosecutions & summations. He started AGGRESSIVELY collecting (AND JAILING WHEN NECESSARY) dead beat fathers LONG BEFORE THE feminist movement..He prosecuted cases based on FACTS not POLITICS OR FEELINGS... i have never heard anyone who knew this man ever say anything negative about him (neither black nor white Augustans) If there is ANYONE THAT DESERVES their name on this building it is George Hains.....Ask the older honest lawyers in this town....ask the retired judges...ask the retired law enforcement officials...ask the moms (now quite old for sure) that he helped with child support...ask the families of the victims of the criminals he PUT IN JAIL on a regular basis..it is a disgrace he has never received ANY RECOGNITION for giving his ENTIRE adult life to the betterment of this community but then again this is augusta ga where political figures who wheel and deal are rewarded & honest public servants forgotten

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say what 08/15/09 - 07:41 pm
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mgr you are cluelss regarding

mgr you are cluelss regarding the process by which Potts got the contract.

Fiat_Lux
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Fiat_Lux 08/15/09 - 08:21 pm
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I can tell you how we're

I can tell you how we're paying for the two buildings. My part of the answer arrived in today's mail. And despite old Steve Kendrick's heartfelt apology, I would rather just keep my money to help offset the income lost to furloughs than have it taken to pay for those extravagances. I'm flat sick of being squeezed to provide stuff we can't afford, like these two building. Why not have night court if more room is needed? And the old library may be outdated and worn, but it still does exactly what it's supposed to do. I just wonder how these fools think that a shrinking, poorer tax base is going to handle having their property values artificially inflated so it can be taxed at a higher rate. This is beyond sickening.

say what
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say what 08/16/09 - 10:31 am
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You pay your sales tax by

You pay your sales tax by mail? Who knew.

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