'New U' in talks to snag Augusta tennis, aquatic center

News 12 at 6 o'clock / Monday, June 18, 2012

AUGUSTA, Ga. -- Augusta City Administrator Fred Russell is considering a deal that would allow Augusta's "New U" to operate the Newman Tennis Center and Augusta Aquatics Center.

Both complexes have been a big part of local sports events, and the city wants to make sure everyone is getting what they need. The move comes as Georgia Health Sciences University plans to merge with Augusta State University.

"As they grow into a full service university, they are going to be looking into having some amenities that they don't currently have," Russell said. "We don't mind partnering with them, but we need to make sure that our citizens get the same level of service, if not better."

Russell says school engineers toured the facilities last Thursday. This is not a done deal, but Russell says the deal could save the city between $500,000 and $1 million. He said it was too early to speculate about how the move could impact jobs.

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