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Commissioners approve Gateway facility construction

Posted: May 15, 2012 - 7:32pm  |  Updated: May 15, 2012 - 7:50pm

Columbia County commissioners approved a more than $7 million bid Tuesday to build a new exhibition hall in the Gateway shopping center near Grovetown. Augusta-based McKnight Construction Co. won the nearly $7.3 million project to build the multi-purpose exhibition hall that also will house a Family Y facility. Construction should start during the first week of June and is scheduled to be completed by early 2013, said county Construction and Maintenance Services Director Matt Schlachter. The Family Y signed a multi-million dollar deal with the county last year to rent about half of the more than 47,000-square-foot facility near the Grovetown Walmart. Family Y executives have said that the 10-year lease allows them time to establish a presence in the area while planning the construction of their own facility on an adjacent piece of land the organization already owns. County officials initially planned to open the exhibition hall last December, but construction bids all came in over budget. To lower the costs, the scope of the project was scaled back. In other construction news, commissioners allocated $60,000 for gates and $150,000 for video screens for the Evans Towne Center Park. The money will come from a 1-percent sales tax discretionary fund. Officials said last week that the gates are needed to better secure the park, and that the video screens will be used to publicize sponsors of park events. "I feel like this is necessary to make it a first-class entertainment venue," commission Chairman Ron Cross said during a May 8 committee meeting.

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Ticket sales / concessions

Question. Who is profiting from ticket sales and / or concessions at the Lady A amphitheater events?

Barry Paschal


Typically the events are put on by promoters, who rent the facility from the county. Profits from ticket sales and concessions go to pay that rent and the performers. In some cases the county partners with the promoter and reduces or eliminates the rent, and the promoter still uses ticket and concession sales to pay performers, sound, cleanup, etc.


Thanks Barry

Perfect explanation Barry. That was actually a loaded question. You would make a great public servant. Wish you would run for office. You give the impression that you would always do what's right and be open about it. We need that in CC.

Barry Paschal

You're very kind

Thanks for the compliment; you're very kind. I will never run for office, however.


You're very kind

That comes as no surprise! The best people for that line of work usually want no part of it. Keep up the great work!



How come the county Commissioners gave away 571 tickets to the Josh Kelley concert and lost $60,000.00 of taxpayers money on this event.