North Augusta man suing city served with second suit involving Project Jackson

Monday, June 30, 2014 7:41 PM
Last updated Tuesday, July 1, 2014 1:34 AM
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The North Augusta resident suing the city and claiming that Project Jackson violates state financing laws is now being sued himself over the riverfront development.

Stephen Donohue speaks about concerns during a public hearing on the revised Tax Increment Financing District, which would be used to help fund Project Jackson, at the North Augusta Municipal Building in 2013. Donohue is being sued by North Augusta Riverfront Company LLC, over the hampering of a property sale they say caused a profit loss due to Donohue's current lawsuit against the city.    FILE
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Stephen Donohue speaks about concerns during a public hearing on the revised Tax Increment Financing District, which would be used to help fund Project Jackson, at the North Augusta Municipal Building in 2013. Donohue is being sued by North Augusta Riverfront Company LLC, over the hampering of a property sale they say caused a profit loss due to Donohue's current lawsuit against the city.

North Augusta Riverfront Company LLC, the developer of the Hammonds Ferry neighborhood, claims that Stephen Donohue’s lawsuit against the city hampered a property sale, causing profit losses and other unnamed damages. The suit was filed May 30 in Aiken County.

The lawsuit doesn’t state an amount in damages the company is seeking.

Donohue, who lives in the River Club neighborhood near Hammonds Ferry and opposes the site for a proposed Augusta GreenJackets stadium, filed his suit in December. He says the ordinance passed by the North Augusta City Council to help fund the $144 million development violates the state’s tax increment financing law because there was no evidence to support the area as blighted, a requirement for a TIF district.

In its suit, North Augusta Riverfront Company said Donohue sued “with the intent, purpose and motive of halting and/or delaying Project Jackson ... with no realistic expectation of prevailing on the merits.”

The developer was seeking to sell a “substantial portion” of the 45-acre Project Jackson site to Greenstone Enterprises Inc. to develop the ballpark, the suit says. Because of Donohue’s lawsuit, the sale has not been finalized.

Project Jackson was revealed in December 2012 as a public-private development between the city and Greenstone Properties. In addition to a new GreenJackets stadium, the plan calls for a resort-style hotel and conference center, restaurants, townhomes, apartments and retail and office space.

Donohue’s lawsuit against North Augusta is scheduled to go to trial July 18.

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Little Lamb
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Little Lamb 06/30/14 - 10:07 pm
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Profit Losses?

What kind of frivolous lawsuit is this?

No business venture is guaranteed a profit. No business is immune from lawsuits.

I think this lawsuit from North Augusta Riverfront LLC is an intimidation tactic.

Brad Owens
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Brad Owens 06/30/14 - 10:08 pm
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Power play ...

Looks like there is some doubt on the side of the developers.. desperation calls for action

mosovich
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mosovich 06/30/14 - 10:53 pm
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Last time I drove through..

Last time I drove through Hammonds Ferry, there seemed to be no shortage of houses being built.. Actually looked like an uptick..

geecheeriverman
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geecheeriverman 07/01/14 - 04:40 am
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beat it down

First, let me say I do not have an opinion on this project, and I do not live in NA, SC. It seems that when someone is against a big government project or even a big commercial development, the way to beat them down is to file a lawsuit or continuously harass the people who are against the project. Big Government does not have any limits on the amount of money it will spend to get this project built, but an individual is restricted in the amount of money he can spend. Another example of big brother forcing their will on people.

corgimom
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corgimom 07/01/14 - 06:34 am
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Little Lamb, oh yeah, I agree

Little Lamb, oh yeah, I agree with you 100%!

Follow the money...

SimpleGirl
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SimpleGirl 07/01/14 - 07:07 am
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I support Donohue!

Project Jackson is the worst idea ever! Our little town will be ruined and all because of greed. Doesn't anything else matter these days besides money? No, nothing is ever good enough and people say change is good... well how untrue...change is not always good. Leave NA the way it is!

my.voice
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my.voice 07/01/14 - 08:40 am
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The riverfront development

The riverfront development was slated as a peaceful, downtown kind of place. Not a ballpark. North Augusta will live to regret building this.

nocnoc
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nocnoc 07/01/14 - 12:03 pm
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Simple legal tactic

If you in the wrong, attack, don't defend. Bleed them to death with LAWYERS.

Suing him is just a means to tie up his time and attention from the
matter at hand, the legality of the proposed Taxpayer RIP OFF scheme.

IBM did the same thing from the 1960's all the way into the 1990's

Johnstown Flood (1889)victims suing the rich Country Club Dam owners were tied up on courts for just about 50+ years before it was finally settled.

Beattybugs
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Beattybugs 07/01/14 - 02:23 pm
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Don't worry nocnoc.

He's got loads of time and attention and expertise to devote to the matter at hand.
He's got loads of supporters.
He's got right on his side.
He's got the law on his side.
North Augusta government is now known for who they are . . .
the Mayor, the City Council members . . . all are serving the developers: Mr. Kaufman, Mr. Eiseman and Mr. Shoen.
North Augusta government does not care what their constituents want.
Their egos are in the way.
They all need to go.

jimmymac
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jimmymac 07/01/14 - 02:57 pm
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This project should have been presented to the voters but instead it was crammed down the throats of all Aiken County residents. It's time to show crooked politicians whose boss and vote them all out. Something has always been fishy about how this project was forced on the people.

dwb619
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dwb619 07/02/14 - 05:22 am
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