April 30, 2008
Augusta, GA---Plans for a new 24 million dollar Augusta library have hit a bump in the road. The Augusta Historic Preservation Commission turned down architectural plans for the new library.
Library director Gary Swint tells News 12 that he has appealed that decision. He and architects will meet Thursday morning with the Augusta planning department and the Historic Commission for arbitration.
“We were not aware that we had to have the plan approved by the historic commission, and hopefully we can work out an agreement and not lose any time on the project,” said Swint.
He tells News 12 if the new building is not up and fully operational by June of 2010 they will lose a 2 million dollar grant from the state. That could doom the entire project said Swint.
Mr. Swint tells News 12 if they cannot come to an agreement on Thursday that he will go before the county commission at next Tuesday’s commission meeting.