Butler County Times Gazette
  • Final plans underway for Augusta's Frisco Depot

  • The City of Augusta is putting the final touches on plans to restore the old Frisco Depot in downtown Augusta.
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  • The City of Augusta is putting the final touches on plans to restore the old Frisco Depot in downtown Augusta.
    The city received a grant for about three quarters of a million dollars to turn the building into office space and meeting rooms that could be used by local organizations and residents.
    “If you recall, there were concerns about how much space was being allocated for offices verses meeting rooms,” said architect Bill Morris.
    Morris presented two floor plans. The small office space was originally intended to be used for Downtown Augusta Inc. and the Chamber of Commerce and the meeting rooms make up the rest of the area.
    With round tables in a banquet setting, the rooms could hold about 60 people. In a conference setting, the rooms could hold about 100.
    Couniclor Matt Malone said he still wasn’t sold on moving the two community organizations into the newly renovated building.
    “I would rather give more of it back to the community,” Malone said.
    Mayor Kristey Williams said she understood Malone’s concerns but she saw a practical argument for moving the two organizations.
    “We will need someone in the building if it is going to be open to the public,” Williams said. “If they aren’t in the building, we couldn’t keep it open all day.”
    The council agreed on Morris’ second floor plan that included larger restrooms and a kitchen and reception area between the two meeting rooms.
    With this plan, two separate events could be held at the same time without affecting each other.
    With the floor plan approved, the state can now begin the environmental review process and field check plans before the initial work on the renovation begins.
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