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City To Designate Downtown As Slum Area

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Augusta, GA -

Augusta city leaders prepare to call their own downtown "a slum."

Next week Commissioners will discuss designating 600 acres downtown--quote---a "slum" area.

City leaders are not bashing the area but say the designation is required under state law to make it an Urban Redevelopment Area.

The main purpose is to allow the city to issue 26 million dollars in bonds to pay for renovations of the Municipal Building.

"To use this avenue to get the funds that's what you have to do you have to jump through that particular hoop there basically it's preventative  as anything you're making investments in an area that has potential if this building wasn't fixed and continued to float along it could potentially become a slum," says City Administrator Fred Russell.

There will be a public hearing September 23rd before the commission committee meeting on the slum area designation.

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