Members of the North Augusta Community Work to Preserve the History of the Old Flythe Building

NORTH AUGUSTA, SC (WRDW/WAGT) – After years of conversation, the North Augusta City Council decided to move forward last year with a plan to redevelopment the former Flythe property into the new headquarters of public safety.

Mayor Briton Williams tells us on Wednesday that to do this, the old Flythe building may have to be demolished.

But local groups and organizations say they don’t want the story inside to be spoiled.

It’s a process the mayor says the city council has been discussing for months about how to preserve that history.

The buildings are full of history dating back to the founding of North Augusta.

Before they can be torn down to be turned into a new public safety headquarters, the North Augusta Arts and Heritage Center is going to see what they can salvage and add to the museum.

“We have about four artists who will be traveling in or around the property to collect pieces that we can use in our museum and also reuse,” said Mary Anne Bigger, executive director of the Center for Arts and Heritage.

This comes after a partnership with the city that will allow them to take any materials they find and display them to the public.

“In the resolution that was signed by the city council, we have 20 days to go in and out of the items that we would like,” Bigger said.

This is the solution the city council came up with after hearing the community come up with ideas to preserve these historic buildings.

Mayor Williams said: ‘We’ve had many meetings to get people to come forward and we’ve done that over a period of time.

He says they even met with nonprofit organizations that initially expressed interest in preserving these buildings.

“We spent a lot of time with those organizations, discussing what it would look like and giving them the information we knew about it, and I think ultimately it’s their decision that it doesn’t. didn’t make sense to these organizations,” Mayor Williams said.

But in the end, they decided it was time to move forward with the public safety project.

“We have to give them the resources they need, and that’s to help our citizens so we can’t wait any longer,” he said.

As they work to build something new, the Arts and Heritage Center is thrilled to preserve something old.

Bigger said: “We feel very lucky. We love working with the city to do whatever kind of preservation we can do.

The museum does not know what or when these pieces will be presented. It all depends on what they find inside.

They hope to come in and begin this process next week.

We have contacted the city administrator to find out the timetable for this new project. They hope to have the buildings demolished by the end of the year.