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Preservation Groups Meet With City Over Augusta Municipal Building Plans

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Negotiations are underway to hold on to a part of Augusta's past.

Historic preservation groups are meeting with architects and city staff about the Augusta Municipal Building renovation plans.

The city wants to build a new IT building, jeopardizing the nearly 150-year-old courthouse annex that houses the department now.

Some people are asking the city to rethink its plans.

"Our concern is we didn't want to see the historic building torn down. There are parts of it that we could let go that were not original, that we added on, so we would be happy with that. The IT building, we're not opposed to. The IT building, we're not happy with the design," says Erick Montgomery, the executive director of Historic Augusta.

Montgomery told city officials the Historic Preservation Commission does not feel the city's design for the new IT building meets historic guidelines for downtown Augusta.

At a meeting last month, the Historic Preservation Commission did not sign off on the city plans for the renovations.

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