January 13, 2016 8:34 AM HomeMorning ReadsThe First MRs of Greatness on the Greatest GA Pol Site Ever! The First MRs of Greatness on the Greatest GA Pol Site Ever! By edatlanta Morning Reads 8 Comments I had long been convinced I would suffer a fate like Firs from “The Cherry Orchard.” Alas, Fortuna has not spun her dastardly wheel in such a way…. yet. Georgia’s own Zippy Duval was elected president of the American Farm Bureau Association. Why Mike Buffington of Georgia’s Mainstreet Newspapers is growing pot. Hillary sez We Can’t Legalize Drugs Because “There’s Too Much Money In It.” GSU professor Mary Stuckey breaks down SOTU with NPR. Is Lynn Westmoreland the most interesting man in Georgia? A 4:00 AM Knock and They are Gone: On the deplorable deportation policies in the U.S. and the havoc they wreak in Atlanta. How might the presence of Atlanta hip hop artists Big Boi, Killer Mike, Waka Flocka Flame, Usher and others have an impact on the 2016 POTUS race? Georgia property caught up in IRS fight over golf courses abusing, uh, misusing tax loopholes. The Atlanta Silverbacks: RIP in Peace. Trust the tastes of the Videodrome folks over your own instincts for 2015’s best flicks. Do we need a Kenny Rogers theme park on a man-made island in Lake Lanier? Do we need oxygen to sustain life? One also must assume the proprietors would have a good guidance for knowing at what point the venture they ought to walk away from the property and when to keep going. Share this:TwitterFacebookTumblrRedditEmailPrint Related About Author edatlanta 8 Comments xdog So why edatlanta? Did you move? January 13, 2016 8:56 AM Log in to Reply drjay i just hope the kenny rogers amusement park people don’t start to count their money while they are sitting at the table, there will be time enough for that later…perhaps when the deal is done… January 13, 2016 8:59 AM Log in to Reply Three Jack Justice is not cheap – http://www.atlantamagazine.com/news-culture-articles/behold-look-expensive-georgia-government-building-ever/ – $10B for roads, $110M for a justice building, teacher/govt worker raises, we must be in a booming economy not that most would notice. January 13, 2016 9:33 AM Log in to Reply Andrew C. Pope For a Republican, Gov. Deal sure does like to spend money. But hey, if they can pay for this thing without having to raise bar fees, then who am I to say no? January 13, 2016 10:33 AM Log in to Reply Ellynn Where are we getting the $110 M for the justice building? Did I miss it in the article? I will say courthouses are some of the most expensive structures to build. They have multiple corridors/elevators and traffic paths for security reasons. That’s a lot of area to just move people, but you cannot have interactions between the general public, the judges and any inmates. You need specialized under ground parking . Based on the supreme court being on the top floor, structure will have to be a Type I(B) rated building which is a lot of fire spray. Lots and lots of fire spray. The HVAC has to be designed for airborn attacks. You need bullet proof walls and finishes. They also have to have very expensive blast/ impact features on the exterior finishes. This stuff is not cheep. Blast resistant frames and glass cost about $400 a square foot. After asking around, basic county courthouse in this state are being built at about $235 a SF (for two story buildings with less corridors and elevators and about 4-6 expensive courtroom spaces). January 13, 2016 12:46 PM Log in to Reply Ellynn Wait I found the $110 M comment. So at 200,000 SF, that is a cost of $550 SF. What is included in the $110 M is my next question. January 13, 2016 12:59 PM Log in to Reply Trey A. Ugh… That Hillary quote in #3 is disheartening. I’d love to hear every candidate answer that question. January 13, 2016 10:59 AM Log in to Reply Benevolus The amusement park people should also occasionally check to see what condition their condition is in. It’s good business practice. January 13, 2016 12:01 PM Log in to Reply Add a Comment Cancel replyYou must be logged in to post a comment.