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City to purchase chamber building

The Greater Augusta Chamber Foundation and the city of Augusta are finalizing a real estate transaction to transfer ownership of the Augusta Metro Chamber of Commerce's building at 600 Broad St . to the city of Augusta, according to a release from the chamber.

The building, an I.M. Pei design, was constructed in 1976 by the chamber's foundation and has a 50-year ground-lease with the city.

In the past two years, a facility committee recommended exploring options for new space that would better suit the needs of the chamber's current operations. The city of Augusta has offered to purchase the building.

Plans for a new location for the Augusta Metro Chamber are under way, said Phil Wahl, chairman of the board. The chamber offices will continue to be located downtown, he said. An announcement on a new location is expected in 30 to 60 days.

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Brad Owens
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Brad Owens 10/09/09 - 03:57 am
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The 'Chamber of Commerce's

The 'Chamber of Commerce's building is an eyesore and in the way of parking among other things. It should be torn down and made into a parking lot.

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younameit 10/09/09 - 09:04 am
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I sincerely hope that our

I sincerely hope that our county government officials will fully disclose to the people just what the purchase of this building will mean. It is not ADA accessible and will have to immediataley have: restrooms installed on the first floor (there are none on that floor) and an elevator. The building is the single biggest impediment to re-development of the 500 block of Broad, and constitutes an effective "barrier" from the rest of our downtown. This 33 year old, non-functional building is not useful to the people of Augusta and it would be wrong for our government leaders to cause the taxpayers to assume the costs of its demolition.

business owner again
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business owner again 10/09/09 - 09:48 am
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Let's tear it down and use

Let's tear it down and use the rubble in the TEE Center foundation.

Rico
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Rico 10/09/09 - 12:50 pm
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Brad Owens: Not to me!

Brad Owens: Not to me!

Little Lamb
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Little Lamb 10/09/09 - 01:15 pm
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Why in the world would our

Why in the world would our city leaders put us taxpayers on the hook to "buy" this building from the Chamber? What were they thinking?

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dashiel 10/09/09 - 02:33 pm
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Right on, Brad. Or maybe we

Right on, Brad. Or maybe we could "rebrand" it as THE BIRTHPLACE OF NO PARKING.

Emerydan
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Emerydan 10/09/09 - 02:56 pm
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Here we go again.. all about

Here we go again.. all about connections and the good-ole-boy network at work in Augusta. The good-ole-boys now want to pawn their non-functional building onto the taxpayers of Augusta, and our city leaders are only too happy to oblige. I bet you they will get top dollar for this eyesore at our expense. Just ridiculous.

Little Lamb
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Little Lamb 10/09/09 - 03:06 pm
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Of course, they could just

Of course, they could just call this building a TEE Center and refund the $20 million already collected to the taxpayers.

Emerydan
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Emerydan 10/09/09 - 03:09 pm
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Hey Lamb.. now that's an idea

Hey Lamb.. now that's an idea

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