Don't OK stadium project

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Living next to a city such as Augusta has advantages. One can cross the river to attend a baseball game, visit the convention center, book a hotel room or fight through traffic on Washington Road, then come back across the river to a peaceful, low-traffic town.

Now some want to bring the traffic over to North Augusta by adding a ballpark, a hotel and a convention center, thus cramming much too much building into one of the last remaining natural areas along the Savannah River.

Ballpark opponent Steve Donohue has covered the many reasons why this is not a good idea for North Augusta. I’ll list a few of my concerns.

Since the existing ballpark is quite adequate, Augusta wisely declined to build a stadium downtown. Why should North Augusta? We have no reason to assume the team will exist long enough to pay for the stadium. Let the team build its own park.

Augusta’s new convention center is just playing host to its first event, and it will be fortunate to break even. There’s even less chance for a North Augusta duplicate to do so.

I frequently visit the beautiful and unique Brick Pond Park. Bringing buildings, lights and noise right to the edge of the ponds would destroy their beauty and integrity, and likely drive out much of the wildlife.

Further inadequate access exists for the traffic that would result and adding roads does not seem feasible and would damage the environment.

If development is going to take place, let it be a combination of housing and open park space with an adequate buffer around Brick Pond Park.

Thanks to the Aiken County Council for helping save us from ourselves.

Don Hostetler

North Augusta. S.C.

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TrukinRanger 03/11/13 - 06:43 am
Do the planners show a map

Do the planners show a map with traffic routes in and out of the proposed project?

ritaham 03/11/13 - 08:07 am
NAugusta Stadium

Excellent points, as usual, Don. Steve and you are wonderful advocates for good sense. Congratulations for taking the time to add your valuable insights.

Beattybugs 03/11/13 - 08:17 am
Thank you Mr. Hostetler

There is only one Savannah River.
It's up to North Augusta citizens to make sure Project Jackson doesn't destroy her beauty and grace.
Tonight the North Augusta City Council is holding an executive session behind closed doors.
Tomorrow night the Aiken County Board of Education will vote on Project Jackson.
Become an informed citizen so you can see just what a bad idea this project is.
Read the column just published in the Aiken Standard by Steve Donohue.
It is factual, documented information that every Aiken county citizen should know.

crkgrdn 03/11/13 - 08:24 pm
The contrast is evident

Crossing the bridge into South Carolina you see palmettos and azaleas and other flowers. Pavement and sidewalks are clean. Certainly a beautiful and welcoming scene.

Then, return to Augusta and... My parents told me that it is always best not to say anything if it is not good. Well there you have it.

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