In a 7-3 vote commissioners Joe Bowles, Jerry Brigham and Corey Johnson opposed the commission gave City Administrator Fred Russell permission to spend up to $100,000 for preliminary work by Shields DESIGN LLC during the negotiations. The administrator was also told to look for outside funding sources.
In March the Augusta Commission charged Mr. Russell with negotiating a fee with ICON Architecture Inc., for a master plan covering everything not included in the downtown plan sponsored by Augusta Tomorrow. Former ICON principal partner John Shields has since formed his own company, Shields DESIGN.
The focus of the second plan will be on areas south of Gordon Highway, and commissioners have said they hope south Augustas private industries and employers, along with the cities of Hephzibah and Blythe, will contribute.