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City Not Into Saving Annex Building Despite Opposition

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Historic preservation groups want the city of Augusta to back off it's plans to expand at the Augusta Municipal Building.

The city is preparing to tear down the courthouse annex behind the "Marble Palace" to make way for a new Information and Technology building. But Historic Augusta is turning up the pressure to save 158-year-old structure.

City Administrator Fred Russell says the city has already agreed to compromise keeping the old synagogue, but says it doesn't make financial sense to hold on the annex building.

"To try and make that into something that's it's not is way more expensive. They try to do what we are doing, it just doesn't work that well. The synagogue itself is a challenge in the grand scheme of things. If you want to be effective and efficient, for that to go away would make all the sense in the world," says Russell.

The Augusta Historic Preservation Commission (HPC) is meeting at 5:30 p.m. to take up the city's request to demolish the annex building. The HPC is only a recommending body. The Augusta Commission has the final decision on whether the building is torn down.

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