Thursday, June 12 2014
Project Jackson--Greenjackets stadium proposal for North Augusta.
NORTH AUGUSTA, S.C. (WRDW) -- New renderings of North Augusta’s Project Jackson show more specifically where buildings and restaurants may be when the project is completed.
“We’re working with a lot of interested companies that have an interest in being down there,” said North Augusta City Administrator Todd Glover. "But of course with the lawsuit we can’t go any further than that until the lawsuit is settled in some form or fashion.”
That lawsuit was filed back in December by Steve Donahue and alleges that the city went about planning the project not by official means.
“We want this to be a destination that if you want to eat there and you live in Aiken that you don’t have one local to you, that you will drive over to North Augusta and you will eat at that location,” Glover said.
Right now leaders are calling for the project to be completed by April 2016 but if the lawsuit isn’t taken care of soon, Glover says they may have to push that date back.
Opponents of the project say that the new stadium complex will bring unneeded traffic and congestion to North Augusta. Proponents say it will bring much needed business and restaurants to an area that is without them.
"I definitely think we could get more business if there was more people in the area,” added Mel Lambert, owner of the Beveled Edge frame shop in North Augusta.