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North Augusta City Council postpones public hearing on Project Jackson

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North Augusta city officials postponed a public hearing on a funding proposal for a $160 million development that included a new baseball stadium for the Augusta GreenJackets, a decision that comes about a week after Aiken County Council voted against helping finance the project.

Rendering of proposed stadium on river
Rendering of proposed stadium on river

According to a news release, city officials are meeting with developers this week to discuss alternatives and determine what’s next for Project Jackson. The city had scheduled a public hearing for March 18 but decided not to hold it after a closed-door meeting Monday night.

The Aiken County school board was to consider extending the length of a tax increment financing district at tonight’s meeting, but the item was removed from the agenda. The Aiken County Council voted against extending the TIF district last week.

North Augusta city officials said they remain optimistic.

“We continue to be excited about the proposed project and we are hopeful that we can work with the developers to put together a plan that the County and the School District will not only approve, but actually embrace, as a positive step forward for the City and the entire county,” city administrator Todd Glover said in a news release.

The proposed development includes a stadium, a 200-room resort-style hotel and conference center; up to four restaurants; 75 townhouses; 225 apartments; 30,000 square feet of retail space; 40,000 square feet of office space; and 900 parking spaces.

Under the proposal, the city would have been responsible for about 30 percent of the financing, about $43 million for the sports and entertainment center, conference center and parking garage. In exchange, private developers promised $122 million in investment for the hotel, retail, residential and office space, officials said.

To come up with its portion of the financing, North Augusta would collect property taxes through the TIF district – meaning it would get tax revenue on the incremental difference between rising property values and values for Aiken County, which would remain frozen at 1996 levels for 30 years.

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Mr. Thackeray
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Mr. Thackeray 03/12/13 - 12:57 pm
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It would seem...

NA wants to stay the town that no one knows except the citizens. ;)

lifelongresident
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lifelongresident 03/12/13 - 01:10 pm
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look for NA to build a
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look for NA to build a stadium as a lure for the green jackets to relocate over there...but then again augusta will always have the great TEE CENTER....right joe. and if it does happen don't look for anyone to have to worry about getting mugged/robbed by the "rats, roaches, leeches, parasites, and moochers" that live next to lake olmstead stadium

countyman
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countyman 03/12/13 - 02:24 pm
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The development should have

The development should have remained on the Georgia side. Some of the leaders of Richmond County let the small vocal minority scare them. The irony is the same outspoken group praised North Augusta.

How coukd anybody think North Augusta can support this before Augusta? Did they actually look at the visitor spending or the amount of tourist per year? I think they let their emotions take over rational thought.

The same group continuously rant about the TEE Center, but say nothing about the proposed conference center in North Augusta or the Gateway in Groetown. How can anybody really think Grovetown or North Augusta are better places for attracing large groups?

People need to understand the metro must work together, but there's definitely a bias against Richmond County sometimes.

burninater
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burninater 03/12/13 - 02:47 pm
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It would seem...NA wants to

It would seem...
NA wants to stay the town that no one knows except the citizens. ;)
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Perhaps better than being known as the town that made a few private developers a personal mint in order to be saddled with a decaying albatross operating at a loss ...

If this is a profitable venture, prove me wrong. Put up ALL private capital, and prove me wrong all the way to the bank.

Gage Creed
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Gage Creed 03/12/13 - 03:05 pm
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Funny how the same vocal

Funny how the same vocal cheerleaders are so comfortable spending other peoples hard earned money....

It appears some are driven by “Field of Dreams" If THEY build it...I will profit!

LocalLawyer
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LocalLawyer 03/12/13 - 03:32 pm
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I love baseball

I love baseball, and I love Downtown Augusta. I also love the Savannah River. I would have bought a Season Box for all home games had they listened to Cal and put the stadium on the land now owned by Dr. Disease. Can you imagine how cool it would have been to watch baseball with a view of the Savannah? Sad we couldn't do what the Redbirds did for Memphis. Chances of me taking my family to Lake Olmstead are 5%. I don't get to vote for the Comm. But they really need to get their heads out of the sand.

burninater
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burninater 03/12/13 - 04:31 pm
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Sad we couldn't do what the

Sad we couldn't do what the Redbirds did for Memphis.
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I know you didn't just try to claim North Augusta was analogous to Memphis. Somebody pinch me.

WeAreAllInfected
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WeAreAllInfected 03/12/13 - 06:55 pm
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Can anyone name what each

Can anyone name what each component is in the rendering?

Here' my guess starting top left going clockwise: 4 Appartment buildings, office space, Retail/Parking garage, stadium, hotel, and houses.

nocnoc
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nocnoc 03/12/13 - 08:36 pm
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I keep wondering it is all a smoke screen?

An the River Front LLC will make another run at the ARC Commission.

That's how much I trust the process when there is LAND and $$$ are involved, an it is proposed for DOWNTOWN.

Little Lamb
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Little Lamb 03/13/13 - 07:10 am
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Strange Bundling

Somehow, I can't make a logical connection in bundling a minor league baseball stadium with a 225-room apartment complex and with 75 townhomes.

David Parker
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David Parker 03/13/13 - 09:16 am
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Minor League for now LL, next

Minor League for now LL, next stop The SHOW!!! Andrelton Simmons is on fire btw. NL will be pwned by the Braves this year. Mark it dude!

Riverman1
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Riverman1 03/13/13 - 12:57 pm
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Y'all keep forgetting a SC

Y'all keep forgetting a SC group now owns the Greenjackets.

Little Lamb
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Little Lamb 03/13/13 - 01:55 pm
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Apartments

I was just trying to figure a logical connection between building an apartment complex and building a ballpark. There are apartment buildings all over the area that make good money for the owners and no "ballpark deal" was needed to build them. I don't see any reason why the developers of the apartments need to wait around for the ballpark. Just get rolling on your own. If the ballpark comes, fine. If it doesn't, that's fine, too.

PhiloPublius
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PhiloPublius 03/13/13 - 04:43 pm
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ARC didnt want it then let us have it!

I want to hear some support from my fellow NA residents! We got to hear the people of ARC fight against the stadium for almost 3 years. Now those same people are whining about it being in MY city. I am putting up, ARC people need to shut up!

Hopefully the Aiken County Council will continue to beautify our side of the river while the gangs and slums continue to destroy the ARC side.

Brad Owens
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Brad Owens 03/13/13 - 08:41 pm
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No matter what the CABAL wins here...

The focus has always been to get the land the current stadium sit on for "redevelopment."

Anyone buying into the facade being shown on these projects are just drinking sugar water elixir being sold by snake oil con men.

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