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Opinion: City Should Tear Down Old Depot



Going line by line through the proposed SPLOST expenditures, The Augusta Press found several curious projects set for SPLOST 8. One of those expenditures is the $14 million allocated for the old train depot at the corner of 5th Street and Reynolds Street.

After further examination, we discovered...

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  1. Ordinarily I oppose destruction of city historical buildings but this is not one and should come down. I went to that place when it was a rail freight depot and it was deplorable then. The east end housed Riverside Distributors/Schlitz Beer and both have dissolved into lore. Good idea to disassemble materials and sell them off leaving the footprint for private development.

  2. One (but not the only) reason downtown can’t “get ahead” is the unwillingness to demolish. 80% of the buildings downtown are not functional with today’s technology and should be replaced by new buildings. This would still be the case if these old buildings were functional. In reality 100% of the 80% of the buildings would cost as much to pass any type of usable standards because they are so far out of disrepair!

  3. For Pete’s sake people, TEAR DOWN THAT DEPOT!
    From my experience over the last decade renovating and upgrading existing buildings on a military base, it would cost triple the money to fix it and you still have an antiquated foundation. And what do you have when you’re done? A brick and mortar warehouse.
    Who amongst us has missed the infamous Cursed Pillar destroyed in 2016? I can go on and on but I won’t at this time.
    Who was crying about tearing down the Augusta Railway Station to build a post office. What a glorious building to lose. Much more historical importance than a train depot storage area.
    But, as citizens and taxpayers of Augusta/Richmond County, we need to pay close attention to all government officials who have their fingers on the money; not only from the sale of the property but it’s resulting use and resale.

  4. I have complained, fussed, and morned the tearing down of beautiful historic buildings around Augusta and the whole country. when you go oversees in either direction you see buildings hundreds of years old that are still functional and benificial to the local areas and even tourism. However warehouses and freight depots are not that kind of building and certainly don’t deserve to have $14 million dollars spent on them. As for the people who say tear them all down, I will continue to say they have a right to their opinion, no matter how WRONG they are. Beautiful old buildings are just that (this depot is not one of those) and they are worth saving, renovating, and restoring as a reminder to waste not is to want not, and money to tear down and rebuild is NOT always the best way.

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