Augusta chamber selling office building to city

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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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younameit
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younameit 10/08/09 - 09:46 pm
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Tear it down. Besides being

Tear it down. Besides being an eyesore, the building is not handicapped accessible; is not accessible to anyone from three sides; has no restrooms on the first floor (where the only meeting room is located); no elevator; and presents a "barrier" between lower Broad and upper Broad which makes improvement of the 500 block an almost impossible challenge. If not torn down, it should be a shrine to the non-functional and quickly-outdated structures that carpet-bagger architects have dumped on this city.

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Pu239 10/08/09 - 10:21 pm
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Don't hold back
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Don't hold back youameit....say what you really mean! Your thoughts on other famous Pei designs in AUG?

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Riverman1 10/08/09 - 10:25 pm
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For everyone's information.

For everyone's information. I.M. Pei is the world's most famous architect who has designed many famous structures. We need to think before we tear down anything he designed, including the Broadstreet design. We would be ridiculed by history for tearing down such creations.

younameit
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younameit 10/08/09 - 10:29 pm
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Sure, PU. The Richmond County

Sure, PU. The Richmond County Civic Center, besides being plain ugly from the outside, was undersized and so poorly designed that it has been unacceptable to most popular performers since it was opened. And the "toaster" on top of the Southern Finance Building? Besides being vacant (non-functional) for most of its existence, it destroyed the character of that lovely building.

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younameit 10/08/09 - 10:47 pm
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Well, Riverman, O.J. Simpson

Well, Riverman, O.J. Simpson was the world's most famous football player, too. But I agree with you - thinking is good. As long as ALL options are on the table and the city doesn't buy a pig in a poke because it has a name attached to it. And just what will the city PAY for a building that is not ADA accessible; has seen its useful life; and was allowed to occupy the city's main thoroughfare for 33 years.

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omnomnom 10/09/09 - 12:37 am
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put the damn thing on

put the damn thing on pontoons and anchor it next to the boathouse.

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