Two historic Augusta properties dating back to the 1860’s are once facing the wrecking ball.
The city is considering options to demolish the old Augusta Planning Department building, and the old courthouse annex, when Augusta Municipal Building renovations are complete.
Two years ago, Augusta’s Historic Preservation Commission denied efforts to tear them down. Opponents want city leaders to find ways to reuse the buildings.
“We’re the second oldest city in Georgia. We need to respect our history and architecture and those two buildings are irreplaceable, they have a lot of history and should be preserved,” said Erick Montgomery, of Historic Augusta.
Commissioners are scheduled to debate demolishing the buildings at their meeting next week.
City administrators are recommending the buildings be torn down, saying it’s expensive to keep vacant buildings and the space could be used for parking.