Augusta news includes several major projects

The new Best Western Plus Hotel on Seventh Street in Augusta is becoming more of a plan and less of an idea with each passing day.
Dalton Patterson told Augusta Progress Inc. the developer is working with MKEC to get a legal description of only the portion of the property the hotel will occupy. As soon as that is complete, steps will be taken to lead up to groundbreaking on the property between the Moore’s Car Wash and Sam’s Auto Mall (the old Frye Automotive facility).
Augusta City Manager Josh Shaw said when he received that document, the city would begin work to pave the way for public hearings on the Industrial Revenue Bonds and Community Improvement Districts that will make up part of the incentives for the developer.
Shaw said the biggest delay would be waiting for approval of the CID at the state level.
Patterson said the developer expects the hotel to open 8-10 months after ground is first broken.
Other action in that area was also discussed by the API Board.
QuikTrip has reportedly reached an agreement that would allow them to buy the Sam’s Auto Mall property and the corner lot that includes the former Patti’s Place restaurant adjacent to the Walmart Super Center.
QuikTrip officials confirmed they would like to locate in Augusta one day but added it was premature to comment on that right now.
Board member Mark McCollom also told the board a large portion of the old Emprise Bank building in downtown Augusta would soon be filled. McCollom said he had leased 6,000 square feet of the building on State Street to Community National Bank. He said he expects them to open the new Augusta branch this fall.