The Augusta-Richmond County and Augusta National Golf Club (ANGC) are swinging a major land deal for the Berckmans Road project.
Realigning Berckmans Road will take up 6 acres of the club's parking area.In exchange, the city will give the club the section of Berckmans Road along the club's property and the streets that cross the club's parking area.
And, since the ANGC wants more land than the city is taking for the Berckmans Road project, the club will throw in some cash.
“It would be the section approximately Gate 12 to the back of Jay's Music. We would be swapping that plus all the internal roadways to the old neighborhoods in exchange for the right of way for the new Berckmans Road alignment and then, whatever the difference is between those two land swaps, they'll pay fair market value for that acreage,” says Traffic Engineer Steve Cassell.
According to the agreement drafted by the club’s attorney, funding for the road work isn't available until 2016, but ANGC wants to start earlier. So, under the agreement, ANGC will loan the city the money to begin contraction after the Masters in 2015.
Commissioners are expected to approve the agreement at their meeting Tuesday.