The North Augusta City Council passed a resolution Monday night selecting Odell Associates “to provide design services for the development of a multipurpose stadium to include minor league baseball.”
The selection is dependent upon the firm and the city reaching a “satisfactory contractual agreement,” according to the resolution, which passed unanimously. Councilwoman Carolyn Baggott was absent.
Odell Associates is in Charlotte, N.C., and is the lead design architect for BB&T Ballpark in Charlotte, Mayor Lark Jones said.
The city received numerous responses from its request for design services. Three, including Odell Associates, were chosen to provide presentations to the council. Council members then ranked the three.
City Administrator Todd Glover reiterated what city officials have said in the past – that the developer must have private investments confirmed before the city will go forward with construction.
“The problem is the hotel and the apartments and the restaurants and retail, they won’t commit until they know where they’re going to be,” Glover said. “They won’t know where they’re going to be until you establish a footprint for the stadium. So that’s why we’re doing it in phases.”
There is currently no developer agreement in place.
The next step is to come up with a contractual agreement in which both parties will have to agree on terms, including costs or fees.
In South Carolina, city officials aren’t allowed to discuss fees with potential contract architects and the potential architects can’t present what they would charge as part of their presentation, Jones said.
“That’s why this process is having to take a second step,” he said.
If costs or fees are found not to be acceptable during the contract negotiation, council members can choose to pursue the process with the second-choice firm by passing another resolution.