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North Augusta picks baseball stadium architect

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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.

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Riverman1
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Riverman1 02/18/14 - 07:14 am
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Git er done.

Git er done.

countyman
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countyman 02/18/14 - 11:27 am
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The double standard

The double standard continues.. Let's make a big deal over the TEE Center and Cancer Center, but North Augusta using $100 million to build a stadium is no problem.. They can't even get a private developer to build apartments before the stadium begins construction..

The growth in the suburban counties is fine, but it can only affect the surrounding area so much compared to Richmond County..

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bdouglas 02/18/14 - 02:58 pm
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@County

Did you READ the article?

“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.”

Stop your moaning every time somewhere other than RC or the CBD get some sort of positive coverage. The new cancer center donation is the TOP STORY right now and yet you still want to whine about this little sub-story.

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countyman 02/18/14 - 03:41 pm
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Happy for North Augusta

Why are the suburban counties off limits? I mention the good news happening all over the CSRA and never bash any particular county.

Site plans continue to evolve all the time.. The movie theater coming to the Village at Riverwatch committed before the outlet mall was finalized..

grinder48
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grinder48 02/18/14 - 04:42 pm
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Does this mean
Unpublished

Does this mean all the legal hurdles and challenges from residents are settled and it's full stem ahead once the financing is worked out?

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corgimom 02/18/14 - 06:14 pm
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I personally think the ball

I personally think the ball stadium is a terrible idea, I think the way it was shoved down the residents' throats was shameful, and there is no double standard where I am concerned.

But I'll tell you one thing, the Downtown bar owners should be very concerned, they are going to lose lots of business and that's a shame.

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pja5529 02/18/14 - 06:59 pm
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Double standard

I have noticed a double standard with a couple of normal posters in particular. It's okay to for Aiken County to get involved with the stadium...but when Augusta was trying to do it, people were outraged.

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SimpleGirl 02/18/14 - 08:09 pm
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Need more than a baseball field

I'm against the baseball field in North Augusta. Why not use that money for something useful like running power lines underground like some other counties do so residents don't have to go through another bad experience as we just did. North Augusta has always been a beautiful place with lots of trees and an old time feel and with underground power lines we could keep our trees and the beauty of our city!

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Gage Creed 02/18/14 - 08:25 pm
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FACTS are pesky things!

Amazing that a double talking non-property owning resident of another state has the audacity to comment on a thread that has no relevance to their situation or community.

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bdouglas 02/20/14 - 11:09 am
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@corgi

"But I'll tell you one thing, the Downtown bar owners should be very concerned, they are going to lose lots of business and that's a shame."

Why on earth would you think that? Where do you think these people will go after the games? What does the downtown area of NA offer in terms of any sort of nightlife that would be open after a night game is over?

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