Friday, October 26, 2012

Green Light for the TEE Center Bridge

AUGUSTA, GA - The city’s plans to erect a pedestrian bridge connecting Augusta Convention Center to a new parking garage across Reynolds Street was approved. The city’s historic preservation commission granted a certificate of appropriateness for the project.

Augusta commissioners approved the $1.1 million addition at an Aug. 27 meeting. The funds are left over from the parking deck project, City Administrator Fred Russell said.

The 12-member preservation commission is appointed by the city commission and Augusta’s legislative delegation.


Meanwhile, some part of the city infrastructure are in serious problem. The Riverwalk is one of those problems.

UPDATE 10/30/2012:  The Augusta Richmond County Commission failed today for second time to approve the management contract of the TEE Center or Augusta Convention Center or Augusta Visitors Bureau Center or Marriott Hotel Center or whatever name is called the building built with taxpayer money.

The 50 million dollars question is: Will the 13 organizers of planned events for 2013 at the TEE Center sue the Augusta Riverfront, LLC for impersonating?

Augusta Riverfront, LLC apparently was scheduling events on behalf of the TEE Center already without having legal representation. Who is to blame?

An attorney who pretended to represent Augusta Riverfront ended up in jail and two commissioners almost got in trouble for talking with him about a "parking deal."

An indictment charged David Fry, 59, with two counts of bribery after he offered Alvin Mason and Corey Johnson a 3 percent cut of profits from a management company. The profits were to be in exchange for the commissioners voting in favor of the downtown parking deck for the Trade, Exhibit and Event Center on Reynolds Street.

The district attorney’s office has said from the outset that there were evidentiary issues with the case because Fry had no contract to offer. Still, it maintained that in the strictest sense of the law, Fry was trying to influence a vote.

In March of this year David Fry was sentenced to five years’ probation on allegations that he tried to bribe two Augusta Commission members in 2009.

Since the Save the A campaign failed to reach the name change of GRU to University of Augusta, the group should work hard to save the agreement between the City of Augusta with Augusta Riverfront, LLC.

After all, the Save the A campaign was supported heavily by the people behind Augusta Riverfront, LLC which has run the downtown Marriott and conference center since the facilities opened, shares management with Morris Communications Co., the owner of The Augusta Chronicle.

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