Mill expansion plans are now up to GRU

By: Ryan Houston Email
By: Ryan Houston Email

News 12 at 6 o'clock/ Wednesday, Sept. 25,2013

AUGUSTA, Ga. (WRDW) -- A local college's plans to breathe new life and use into Augusta's King and Sibley Mills are still just that plans. City leaders say they won't spend another dime until the University System accepts their offer.

Meanwhile leaders at GRU Augusta say, they're still thinking about it. Between the two Mill, they have more than 100 years worth of history. "The fact they're a landmark to the area and I'd hate to see them go away," said Mills Lover Frances Force.

Force doesn't have to worry about that. City leaders are playing the waiting game with GRU before any changes happen in the area.

"I think we will wait until we hear," said City Administrator Fred Russell.

A statement from the GRU Communications Department states the University System of Georgia is looking into the project. It goes on to say it could take 10 to 12 months, before they'll know if the Mills fit into their overall expansion needs.

The tracks are staying for now and so is funding approved for the project. Augusta Commissioners voted to spend around $300,000 to survey the area. Only a few thousand dollars were spent on drawings and the survey hasn't happened, because GRU hired their own consultants.

"Until they come back with a response, we're sort of here waiting at go," said Russell.

The Kroc Center and people in the area told us they're excited about what's to come. They'll have to wait just a bit longer.

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