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Tuesday, January 11, 2011 - 1:17pm

Golf Hall of Fame Site Up for Grabs

The Medical College of Georgia is eyeing the site of the state’s failed Golf Hall of Fame for a new biotechnology research park. More than 8 months have past since the state put the 17 acres of down town Augusta property up for auction.

Local officials talked about turning the site into a mixed-use baseball stadium but no formal plans ever emerged. Now MCG president Ricardo Azziz says he wants to build a state of the art research campus on the property in an effort to expand the school and attract more biotech dollars to the region.

Azziz says locating the park in the scenic riverfront area off the main campus would be a draw for researchers and a boom to the city’s economy.

“This truly can form the fulcrum for the economic development of Augusta that we become the destination for research, for biomedical discovery and for health care.”

Azziz says he hopes the state will consider transferring the property to MCG. It has been on the market for a minimum price of 2.8 million dollars. That's the remainder of the 6 million dollar bond owed by the state.