Seven Gables Motel Demolition Makes Way For New North Augusta Police Headquarters
March 1 – Significant progress on the site of the new police headquarters in North Augusta was made beginning March 1.
The former Seven Gables Motel, located at the 1200 block of Georgia Avenue, collapsed with the help of city wrecking crews.
“I think it’s definitely a big step, and it’s really a cost-saving measure for the city to have our city teams do this work instead of contracting it out,” said Jim Clifford, administrator. of the city of North Augusta.
The property was voted unanimously in October 2021 by the North Augusta City Council to become the new headquarters for the North Augusta Department of Public Safety. This came after several months of debate over the historic character of the property.
The houses on the property, as well as the brick entrances near the street, were not part of the demolition. The cleaning process, according to Clifford, will take several days.
Prior to the motel‘s demolition, construction crews under contract in December 2021 and January 2022 removed asbestos from floor tiles in motel rooms. Shortly thereafter, the town was approved for a demolition permit by SC’s Department of Health and Environmental Control.
Clifford said removing the motel was a key step toward getting to the construction of the North Augusta Public Safety Headquarters. He expects construction to begin later this year.
“We’re still going through the final design phase,” Clifford said. “I have to come back to the council to show the final site plan and the look of the building before I put out a bid. I hope to do that here in the next couple of months.”
Samantha Winn covers the city of North Augusta, focusing on government and community-oriented businesses. Follow her on Twitter: @samanthamwinn and on Facebook and Instagram: @swinnnews.