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Commissioner proposes 'Veranda' concept

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AUGUSTA, GA (WFXG) -

Augusta Commissioner Marion Williams wants to give a part of Broad Street a facelift.

He is proposing an "urban veranda" be built that would feature seating areas and green space on top of two parking bays.

"I'm trying to do something, and I hope the community can see that," Williams said. "This will enhance downtown; bring more people, more revenue, more money."

As of right now it's simply an idea but Commissioner Williams presented the concept to Downtown Development Authority board members just this past week.

The plan, created by architect firm URS, show sculptures and trees over the middle sunken parking sections on Broad Street between Eighth and Ninth streets.

The plan also incorporates a misting station, seating areas and a water wall on two sides of the James Brown statue.

"James Brown is known all over the world, so we need to enhance James Brown," Williams said. "We need to make it more visible so people can take advantage of that and that's what's going to attract people to Augusta. That's what it's all about, attracting people to your city."

Commissioner Williams said the project will cost $3 mil and funding will come from the 1 percent transportation sales tax passed last year.

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