Commission Blocks Wrecking Ball And Saves Both Historic Buildings

Commission Blocks Wrecking Ball And Saves Both Historic Buildings (Image 1)

Parts of Augusta’s past are being preserved. 

Commissioners voting to back off an earlier recommendation to tear down an old synagogue and court building to make way for parking and green space.

Fundraising is already underway to convert the buildings into an Augusta Jewish History Museum.

Historic Augusta agreed to cover maintenance costs while the museum gets off the ground.

“We’re going to make it work we’re working closely with the jewish community museum we’ve been talking about we’ve got five years according to the plan we think that’s reasonable with reasonable bench marks we attend to abide by that agreement,” says Erick Montgomery the Executive Director of Historic Augusta.

Under this agreement, the non-historic addition to the court building will be torn down while the rest of the building will be preserved — that adds 31 thousand dollars to demolition costs which Historic Augusta agrees to pay.

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