News 12 at 11 O'clock / Tuesday, Aug. 19, 2014
NORTH AUGUSTA, S.C. (WRDW) -- A little adventure always sparks the imagination.
"We rode out there a lot on our bikes and on our scooters," Jordan Parker, an 11-year-old who lives in North Augusta, said.
It's what Jordan and her brother Lathan, call their hidden treasure.
"It's one of our favorite places here in North Augusta," she said.
It sits about a mile from their home-- the plot of land, empty and serene.
"Just the humming of the crickets most of the time," said Parker.
Now the land has a future full of cracks and loud cheers. Not everyone's cheering about this final decision though.
"We wanted to get away from the city noise," Jordan said.
A judge ruled in favor of the city after a North Augusta man filed a lawsuit. Steve Donahue claimed the city was breaking the law when trying to finance the project.
North Augusta leaders declined to go on camera, but sent this statement saying, "The judge found that the City followed the law in every detail in pursuing the project. After over 12 public meetings, the approval of three local governments, and now an expansive review by the courts, it is our hope that the City will now be able to move forward with this exciting project."
"We are really hopeful that the developers are going to find a way to strike a balance," said Janet Utz, the mother of Jordan and Lathan.
Booming business and a tranquil riverfront is what she's talking about and it's one of the reasons Utz and her family love North Augusta.
"A special place for us that we picked because it's got such a unique character," she said.
She's worried noise and extra foot traffic could be a strike for some long-time locals.
"They just want peaceful and quiet privacy," said Lathan, Janet's son.
Two things that Janet and her two kids will have to think twice about as Project Jackson steps up to the plate.