Aiken County Council set to make final vote on Project Jackson tonight

Tuesday, Sept. 17, 2013 10:26 AM
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The final vote on an ordinance to allow funding for a North Augusta riverfront development, including a new Augusta GreenJackets baseball stadium, is tonight.

Artist's rendering shows ballpark and development on North Augusta riverfront  Special
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Artist's rendering shows ballpark and development on North Augusta riverfront

The Aiken County Council will vote on Project Jackson during its regular council meeting. It begins at 7 p.m. at the council chamber, 736 Richland Ave. W in Aiken.

Last week, the county council voted 6-3 in favor of the second of three required readings of the ordinance. The vote followed a public hearing on the Tax Increment Financing district.

In addition to a baseball stadium, the Project Jackson development would include a 200-room hotel and conference center, restaurants, office and retail space, apartments and townhomes.

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Riverman1
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Riverman1 09/17/13 - 01:59 pm
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Colossal!

This is a colossal project that will change the habits of the CSRA population. North Augusta will become the destination. Check into the hotel and enjoy everything that goes with it including the beautiful and safe town. Local residents will shop there because of the park like environment. Remember the often asked question of the Master’s guests? They would ask what else is there to do in Augusta? The ones lucky enough to get a room in this hotel won’t have to ask. Luxury hotel, concerts, baseball, shopping, and restaurants in a beautiful park on the river.

Riverman1
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Riverman1 09/17/13 - 10:50 am
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Lake Olmstead Stadium's Future

August needs to start planning what happens to Lake Olmstead Stadium. I've heard someone wants to build apartments there, but that seems like a waste of a nice stadium. Why not give it to ASU and let them build their baseball program around it? The state will maintain it. Of course we'll have to let Paine use it, too, even if they are a private college.

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OJP 09/17/13 - 10:58 am
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@Riverman1

I recall from long ago when the idea of moving the GJ stadium downtown first came up that it included plans for the current stadium to be used by both colleges.

I personally think this move would be great for the area - not that great for Augusta proper, but a river and an imaginary line down the middle do not mean we aren't one community.

Riverman1
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Riverman1 09/17/13 - 11:15 am
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OJP, yep, the idea of ASU and

OJP, yep, the idea of ASU and Paine using it was out there when there was talk of a new stadium on this side of the river. But I have heard talk the property is also coveted by some powers that be who want it for apartments. Just what Augusta needs...more apartments which I'm sure will be described as luxury apartments. Let's hope ASU gets it. That would make one of the best college baseball stadiums there is.

Dixieman
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Dixieman 09/17/13 - 11:37 am
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Last Commissioner to Leave Augusta for North Augusta....

....please turn out the lights. This project is a wonderful development for the CSRA; and even better change for North Augusta; and a flop for Augusta. Thanks, Augusta-Richmond County Commissioners for fumbling and bobbling and losing this across the river (where the sales tax is lower too!)

countyman
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countyman 09/17/13 - 12:53 pm
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The development will help

The development will help North Augusta, but why does everything always have to hurt Augusta. There's already nice hotels and the TEE Center downtown. Downtown attracted the $100 millom Watermark before the recession, and the GGHF site will have several developments. The North Augusta project includes apartments, and I bet their built first. Interesting the Augusta project had major developers like Him Jacoby who built the Atlantic Station. While the Marriott in Augusta is distancing themselves from project Jackson. Yet, the media and public
were much harder on Augusta. Why hasn't the Chronicle asked what's the brand of this "luxury hotel"? It's amazing the same people who bring up the TEE Center have no problem with a suburb with less tourism and population building one. The Masters guest won't be flocking to North Augusta simply because of a baseball stadium.

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MTBer 09/17/13 - 01:00 pm
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Path?

Does anyone know what will become of the walking/cycling path that now skirts right along the river, and makes a nice loop from the activity center? I cannot tell from the artist's rendition of the proposal, and I sure would hate to lose that.

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LocalLawyer 09/17/13 - 01:01 pm
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Swing and a miss Augusta-RC.

Swing and a miss Augusta-RC. This would have looked great at the Golf Hall of Fame. Lake O Loyalists are also to blame. Who is up for a game in section 8 housing? Not this Dad. Should-a-could-a-would-a.
Great job NA, I will spend some $. Just please don't take "Augusta" out of the team name. We've had enough of that this year.

Riverman1
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Riverman1 09/17/13 - 02:10 pm
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Speaking of...

Speaking of should-a-could-a-would-a, Countyman's post is about the biggest one I've seen in a while.

Anything that improves the CSRA will help the entire CSRA including downtown Augusta. Things change with time, preferences and demographic patterns. This doesn’t mean the area is not thriving with a large population growth as a whole. Project Jackson should be viewed as a mega positive for the CSRA.

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countyman 09/17/13 - 02:06 pm
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Local Lawyer. The biotech

Local Lawyer. The biotech park, retail and student housing is much better use of riverfront land compared to Project Jackson...

Riverman1
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Riverman1 09/17/13 - 02:13 pm
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Countyman, I really don't

Countyman, I really don't know. Maybe you do. Are the biotech park and GRU development of the mills property scheduled to begin construction?

Little Lamb
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Little Lamb 09/17/13 - 02:14 pm
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Grooo

Countyman posted:

. . . the GGHF site will have several developments. . . .

Isn't it high time to lose the GGHF designation? There will not be a Golf Hall of Fame on that site in any or our lifetimes. There is no longer a garden site on that property. The property belongs to Grooo now. So let's just call it the Grooo Riverfront Campus.

Little Lamb
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Little Lamb 09/17/13 - 02:19 pm
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Not True

Countyman posted:

Interesting the Augusta project had major developers like Jim Jacoby who built the Atlantic Station.

Wrong, again, countyman. Developer Jim Jacoby never had any skin in the proposed Augusta ballpark project. True, he said he was interested in joining the party and putting in some residential and retail facilities, but only if the city financed it. Jacoby never put one thin dime of his own money on the table. Neither did Cal Ripken. That is why the "project" went nowhere. There never was anything that a reasonable person would call a project.

Riverman1
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Riverman1 09/17/13 - 02:39 pm
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Walk on the Wild Side

I don’t think there is any reason for Countyman to be upset. He has previously said he wants bars open to 5 am and a large gay population downtown living in apartments. It’s possible. North Augusta may draw the more traditional tourists, but there is still the possibility downtown Augusta can become a Soho area. Baseball and old-fashioned tourists may simply be more comfortable in North Augusta. Late at night when they get real drunk they may even come over to the Augusta side of the river for a little walk on the wild side.

countyman
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countyman 09/17/13 - 03:31 pm
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Jim Jacoby wanted to build a

Jim Jacoby wanted to build a mixed use property, and was prepared to use plenty of his own money.

What has the leaders of North Augusta presented in terms of concrete plans? What's the name of the suppose retailers or hotel included.

Riverman. I want the entire CSRA to grow, but I just had to mention the double standards.

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Clemsondoc 09/17/13 - 07:17 pm
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Excellent News

Hope this passes. Augusta is in desperate need for more entertainment options and a cool downtown to attract more young professionals. Greenville, Asheville, Columbia, Charleston, Savannah are some close by examples of cities of similar size that have very nice downtowns and are very attractive to young professionals. I have spent time in all these places and am a newcomer here but realized that's something Augusta lacks even though there is plenty of potential. This will hopefully bring a slew of high end restaurants and bars to the very pleasant N Augusta side of downtown away from the crime and blight around Broad St. Hopefully this will serve the increase the draw of Augusta as a whole and spur redevelopment and investment on the south side of the river as well.

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