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Consultant Says To Back Off About Jobs Talk

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There is a lot of talk of new jobs for downtown Augusta, but no one is saying much.

The Downtown Development Authority went behind closed doors for nearly an hour with the Augusta Regional Collaboration Project, which is the group behind renovating Augusta's historic mills.

Augusta Commissioners were told Tuesday at the work session for the proposed downtown Urban Redevelopment Area, that as many as 400 new jobs could be coming to the downtown area. Although the group could be seeking tax breaks, officials don't like the media asking too many questions.

"You were behind closed doors?" we questioned Matt Kwatinetz, of the Augusta Regional Collaboration Project. "I have no comment at all to make about this, should not be in the public. You're seriously jeopardizing this deal happening, you should back off," warned Kwatinetz.

But, others are sharing what's going on behind the scenes. The owner of Fort Discovery, Moshe Silagi, confirms he's talking to a company looking to lease space in the building. He says he has 120,000 square feet, which would be plenty of room for well more than 400 workers.

Silagi would not say the name of the company involved, however, he said one sticking point could be parking.

Dennis Trotter, the realtor for Fort Discovery, says there is a very interested party, but a final decision is a long way off.

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