Baseball stadium construction won’t start this year

Friday, April 24, 2009 12:13 PM
Last updated Wednesday, Jan. 20, 2010 8:49 PM
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Mayor Deke Copenhaver has backed off on a plan to break ground on a new downtown baseball stadium this fall, which he said could be done during a press conference with Cal Ripken Jr., last week.

According to the mayor, the State Properties Commission says it will take an act of the legislature to transfer the state-owned, 17-acre Golf and Gardens property to the city. The General Assembly won’t meet again until 2010.

Last week the governor, who’s chairman of the properties commission, told Mr. Copenhaver and Mr. Ripken he was agreeable to turning the land over so long as the stadium project would move forward.

Mr. Ripken’s group, Ripken Baseball, owns the Augusta GreenJackets.

See Sunday's Chronicle for more details on the stadium proposal.

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Asitisinaug 04/24/09 - 01:33 pm
How about the state sell the

How about the state sell the land to a private business and put the proceeds back into state funds. We can't even keep this city clean and safe and our "leaders" are wanting to spend millions of tax payer dollars on an unnecessary stadium when the one we have is perfect and neve is even 1/2 full. If Cal Ripken wants to build a stadium and ticket sales will justify the new stadium without tax dollars, then GREAT, Go for it!! Otherwise, stop making idiotic decisions with other peoples money (those few left who still pay taxes to Richmond County) before you run all of the highest tax bracket citizens and businesses elsewhere.

HillGuy 04/24/09 - 01:46 pm
Augusta taxpayers have

Augusta taxpayers have already paid $6 million in SPLOST funds for this property, plus city taxpayers essentially gave the Gilbert Manor property to the state for MCG expansion. The golf and gardens property should be transferred to the city at NO additional costs. Are you aware of another private entity interested in developing this property? Why have it sit dormant for another decade?

creolechick 04/24/09 - 02:07 pm
Thank goodness! Maybe by

Thank goodness! Maybe by 2010 Mayor Copenhaver & the commissioners will realize this is crazy waste of money! Please don't spend taxpayers money on something we don't vote on! The current stadium is almost never full. Have you been to a regular season game? It's usually close to empty. This isn't Field of Dreams. If you build it, they won't come!

MD2013 04/24/09 - 02:50 pm
I wonder how much money

I wonder how much money Augusta will get when the new medical school & dental school are built? Wait, who cares... These comments are supposed to bash the sale of land!

FedupwithAUG 04/24/09 - 09:30 pm
Good to see a taxpayer waste

Good to see a taxpayer waste will be put off.

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