No ruling on North Augusta's Project Jackson trial; Plaintiff Stephen Donohue failed to submit proposed order

 

A South Carolina judge won’t rule this week on the fate of North Augusta’s Project Jackson after the plaintiff failed to submit a written proposed order by Thursday.

Barnwell attorney James Mosteller, who represents North Augusta home­owner Stephen Donohue, did not submit his proposed order, according to Kyle Tennis, the law clerk for Circuit Court Judge Ernest Kinard.

North Augusta’s attorney, Belton Zeigler, filed the proposed order the judge requested to make his ruling after the trial.

Because Kinard leaves for vacation today, the judge won’t revisit the case until he returns in August, at the earliest, Tennis said.

Donohue, who opposes the site for a new Augusta GreenJackets stadium near his neighborhood, sued the city in December, claiming the city violated the state’s Tax Increment Financing law when it created an ordinance to fund the project.

He says there was no evidence to support the development area as blighted, a requirement for a TIF district.

Kinard heard arguments in the trial on July 18 in Aiken County court. He asked both sides to submit proposals on what the ruling should be.

Tennis said he did not know why Donohue’s attorney did not submit the proposal.

Project Jackson is a proposed $144 million development that also includes a hotel, conference center, and retail and residential space.

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