Work on Nuwaubian building continues
Unsure if project will ever be complete
Athens Banner-Herald/May 21, 2003
By Janis Reid
The Nuwaubians are a quasi-religious sect that combines
elements of black empowerment, biblical themes and Egyptian
polytheism, as reflected in the Egyptian carvings emerging on the
facade of the building at 815 W. Broad St.
The Broad Street property was deeded in March 2000 to Nuwaubian
founder Malachi Z. York - who brought a group of followers from
New York in 1993 to create a compound near Eatonton in east
Georgia's Putnam County. Plans for the bookstore were received by
the Athens-Clarke County Building Permits and Inspections
Department in August 2001.
In January, York, also known as Dwight York, was sentenced to
14 years in prison after admitting in a negotiated plea agreement
that he molested numerous children at the Putnam County compound
and at his Athens mansion on Mansfield Court.
Last week, the contractors listed on the building permit for
the Broad Street structure - Eatonton-based Nuwaubian General
Contracting - asked the building permits department for permission
to relocate an office in the building.
According to the site plan, half of the building is slotted for
a customer section including bookshelves and tables, with the
other side housing the office and a large open space for book
Calls made to Nuwaubian General Contracting were not returned
Phillip Seagraves, assistant director of the building permits
department, said it is unusual to have a building under
construction for two years unless there is something holding up
Seagraves added the building permit will remain current as long
as the project does not go six months without progress.
Thomas Chism, owner of the All Eyes on Egypt bookstore and gift
shop on Atlanta Highway, is listed as a contact person on the site
plans filed with the building permits department.
But on Wednesday, Chism said he did not know anything about the
progress of construction at the Broad Street location.
He did say, though, that once it is completed, he will be
moving his bookstore into the building.