It looks like Augusta's old Library will have a new city use.
After months of discussions, the city giving the go-ahead to have the Augusta Utilities Department administrative offices move in to the more than 50-year-old abandoned Greene Street building.
The Utilities Department is currently paying $15,000 a month in rent for its offices on Bay Street.
The plan is to tear down to the old talking book building on Telfair Street and to move in both the administrative offices and the customer service center out of the Augusta Municipal Building.
“The administrator has asked us to develop the plans to move over to the library. We're looking at several issues. Our downtown customer service is likely go there, as well, and we're also looking at some parking issues. There's limited parking, so we're seeing what our options are,” says Utilities Department director Tom Wiedmeier.
Wiedmeier says, with the library, the department is no longer interested in buying the ANIC building on Laney Walker Boulevard for $1.7 million.