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Aiken County Council votes on Project Jackson tonight

Monday, Aug 19, 2013 6:06 PM
Last updated Tuesday, Aug 20, 2013 5:10 AM
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The Aiken County Council is scheduled to meet at 7 p.m. today , and a Project Jackson vote is on the table.

After the Aiken County school board approved the development’s funding Aug. 13 by a 7-2 vote, the next step is approval by the county council, which previously turned down the proposal in March.

The developers have come back with an adjusted financing model, one that found approval from the school board.

The Project Jackson development includes a baseball stadium for the Augusta GreenJackets, a 200-room, resort-style hotel and conference center, numerous restaurants, office and retail space, and apartments and townhouses on the North Augusta riverfront.

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countyman
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countyman 08/20/13 - 05:41 pm
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Justthefacts..... Micheal

Justthefacts..... Micheal Kors, H&M, and Cabela's don't have any existing locations in Chattanooga.

Their are two Michael Kors outlets and one boutique in Tennessee. Two are located in Nashville, and the other outlet store is located near Knoxille.

The Cabela's announced for Augusta is the third location in the southeast(Greenville, Louisville), and suburban Atlanta is getting the fourth location.

H&M has one store located in Tennessee, and the location is Nashville.

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Gage Creed 08/20/13 - 06:42 pm
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Anybody ever been to the

Anybody ever been to the Tennessee State Aquarium located in Chattanooga? Great IMAX 3D theater there..

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bdouglas 08/21/13 - 12:26 pm
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For those playing along at

For those playing along at home actually concerned about the topic of the STORY and not concerned with this contest Countyman has to promote his interests...

There was no vote tonight.

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Riverman1 08/20/13 - 09:53 pm
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Thanks, Bdouglas. I was

Thanks, Bdouglas. I was wondering. Why no vote tonight?

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BlueIsMyBoy 08/21/13 - 12:52 am
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This isn't about North

This isn't about North Augusta vs. Augusta. This is about doing something for the entire CSRA. Thomson, Waynesboro, Aiken, etc. The only question is where are they going to put it. Obviously Augusta isn't interested. So North Augusta is picking up the ball.

No one said the restaurants were going to be upscale or stuff that is not currently in the area. I'm sure they will have a wide variety as most places like this do. From fast food like McDonalds, to popular restaurants like Chili's and I'm sure they will have a few upscale restaurants like Ruth's Chris. I don't think it matters what restaurants they have, people will go to them. It's about the atmosphere and that place will have more atmosphere then anything in Augusta. Besides, there isn't much in the way of restaurants in North Augusta, so there are a lot of places that could break ground in North Augusta that current isn't in the North Augusta market.

Augusta needs tourism dollars. And right now, other then Masters, tourist don't come to Augusta. Unlike Chattanooga (who has what many consider one of the best aquariums in the US, not to mention other attractions like a Zoo, Children's Museum, an amusement park and the obvious Lookout Moutain) and Greenville.

I wouldn't count the eggs yet when it comes to Cabelas and Bass Pro. How long have they been talking about building in Augusta. We're still waiting. And for every Cabelas and Bass Pro that supposedly about to start building there are plenty of businesses that have closed. There's a reason that when you drive around Augusta you see shopping strips that are either empty or half empty all over. Cabelas and Bass Pro is good for job growth in Augusta (even though they are not the high paying variety that you want to see, such as the ones that are being lost at IFF, IP and P&G) unfortunately for Bass Pro, there is no room for growth around it due to already existent infrastructure in the area.

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