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Historic Preservation Commission Postpones Decision On New IT Building

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Historic preservation groups are speaking out against the city's plan to demolish a building that is more than 150 years old.

Augusta officials want to construct a new information technology building, but in order to do so, they have to tear down the old one first.

Thursday night, the Historic Preservation Commission was supposed to make a recommendation about those plans, but the commission tabled the matter until the next meeting because they want the architect to go back and make some changes.

The city is proposing to tear down the courthouse annex, which is behind the municipal building, but Historic Augusta says the annex is a part of the city's history, but city officials say they have already agreed to keep the old synagogue, but the courthouse annex has to go to make room for the new IT building and parking.

"We recognize the synagogue itself is something we need to keep, even though in the grand scheme of things, that is sort of awkward. I mean, I have a facility there that we no real use for. It's not handicap accessible. It does mean any current standards what-so-ever, but we understand that, and that's part of the deal, and we want to work with them on that," City Administrator Fred Russell said.

The commission will meet next month to make a decision on the plans.


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