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City again considers demolishing historic synagogue building

...the court building, or the court building and synagogue ? "we're all in agreement with No. 1," preservation commission Chairman Jimmy Garren said, adding the city commission "can always override us."Tearing down the synagogue...
New library design unveiled

Plans for the new downtown Augusta library were approved Tuesday by Augusta Historic Preservation Commission Chairman Mark Lorah. Among the changes are those to the front entrance, which will be constructed with limestone instead of black granite, as originally proposed. Major changes also have been made to the Greene Street side of the building to make it more compatible with houses in that area. The $22 million building at James Brown Boulevard between Greene and Telfair streets will be built with special-purpose sales-tax money with oversight by the city's project manager.
Design for new library will change

...several community leaders, including Historic Augusta Executive Director Erik Montgomery, Augusta Historic Preservation Commission Chairman Mark Lorah, Augusta Tomorrow Chairman Robert Osborne and others. At its end, David Dickson, of the Craig...
Team OKs library plan

...streets. Thursday's compromise should allow the 90,000-square-foot project to advance on schedule. Preservation commission Chairman Mark Lorah and member Allen Venable were authorized to approve the design if a suitable compromise were...
Better story is who chose not to run

...and the remaining members must try to salvage the project. REPORTING FOR DUTY: Augusta-Richmond County Preservation Commission Chairman Sonny Pittman went back on active duty in the Army today. He will serve on the engineer staff of a command...
City Ink | Deke Copenhaver | Augusta-Richmond County Commission
Session might change policies

...Commission will take place during a meeting of the Augusta-Richmond County Historic Preservation Commission, preservation commission Chairman George D. Bush said. It's been a growing controversy over the past several years. Augusta officials...
Metro | Augusta-Richmond County Commission
After years of dealing with death, Sims wasn't afraid to go

...were called to testify. Even George Bush got served - George D. Bush, a local attorney and the Historic Preservation Commission chairman, who represented Mr. Wunderlich at one time. Augusta Judicial Circuit Chief Judge William M. Fleming...
City Ink | Augusta-Richmond County Commission
Residents debate historic district

Carrie Garrett gets agitated when asked about historic preservation in Augusta -- and in particular the Summerville area. "I think those Summerville people are crazy as hell," the Milledge Road resident said. Ms. Garrett is bitter because a retired banker abandoned plans to renovate a cottage next door when the Augusta Historic Preservation Commission wouldn't go along with plans to use energy-efficient material on the front. "I'd have a good neighbor next door now," she said. "These people don't know the difference between historic and old, good and bad."
Go back to the drawing board

...drawing board, with such revisions as trading the black granite for limestone. It was enough for Historic Preservation Commission Chairman Mark Lorah to sign off on the changes. The thing is, despite the revolt among both historians and the...
Preservation panel OKs library look

...on the latest look, and the library board chairwoman said the board is moving forward. Augusta Historic Preservation Commission Chairman Mark Lorah, who was authorized by the commission to mediate the design, approved the alterations Tuesday...