Commissioners believe renovating LEC best way to go

AUGUSTA, Ga (WJBF) - Originally shut down for mold and leaks, Augusta city leaders believe the old Law Enforcement center needs to be saved from the wrecking ball. 

A commission committee wants to move forward with renovating the old LEC for Juvenile Court.

A recent free feasibility study said it could be made usable with a little more than two million dollars in repairs.

The committee voted for a go ahead, even though the Administrator said two million dollars for repairs was too low.

"Looking at the condition of the building I thought it could be saved, I don't think we could build a building of that caliber for that amount of money so I think it would be to our advantage to utilize the building because its a sound structure,"  says Commissioner Andrew Jefferson.

The committee directed the Administrator to present some options to pay for repairs as well as the cost of turning the LEC into Juvenile Court. 

In this phase of the sales tax voters approved one point five million dollars to demolish the building. 

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