Augusta chamber selling office building to city

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 Street 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 last 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.

Planning is underway for a new chamber location, 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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