Sunday, May 4th, 2014
Augusta, GA (WRDW)- On Tuesday some Augusta commissioners plan to question the mayor about spending $5 million taxpayer dollars on King and Sibley Mills. Some city leaders are calling it a waste of SPLOST money.
"I can see what it can be, not what it is," said photographer Tony Carr.
For 6 months Tony Carr has been snapping pictures of Sibley Mill. He's been taking pictures of the mill at it's lowest point in hopes of a brighter future.
"They're just jewels waiting for someone to come along. It's a void. It's an empty space that needs to be filled," said Carr.
Last week the commission met to discuss SPLOST VII, which would spend millions buying King and Sibley Mills from the Canal Authority.
It left some questioning if it's worth a purchase.
"Are we buying land? Are we paying salaries? Are we just using it for studies? What is this money going to be used for? What's going to be the result of us spending 5.2 million?" said Commissioner Alvin Mason.
Inside, Sibley Mill may leave behind chipped paint, and remnants of what once was a functioning factory.
"It sat here for over 100 years, and in the past 20 years has been neglected, but is still structurally sound," said Carr.
While it looks to be quite an undertaking Carr believes it's still in good shape.
"I know it's a monumental task, but it's achievable," said Carr.
This building actually still generates power which is one thing that Mr. Carr said is an advantage for re purposing this building.
"Commercial, retail, dormitories, other towns have done it like Columbia and Atlanta," said Carr.
Generations spent their lives in the mill and Mayor Copenhaver hopes GRU Augusta will use the space for classrooms or possible dorms. Through his lens, Carr is capturing a time capsule that he hopes will bring a long time change.