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North Augusta picks baseball stadium architect

Posted: February 19, 2014 - 12:45pm

The North Augusta City Council passed a resolution Feb. 17 selecting Odell Associates “to provide design services for the development of a multipurpose stadium to include minor league baseball.”

The selection is dependent upon the firm and the city reaching a “satisfactory contractual agreement,” according to the resolution, which passed unanimously. Councilwoman Carolyn Baggott was absent.

Odell Associates of Charlotte, N.C., is the lead design architect for BB&T Ballpark in Charlotte, Mayor Lark Jones said.

The city received numerous responses from its request for design services. Three, including Odell Associates, were chosen to provide presentations to the council, which then ranked the three.

City Administrator Todd Glover reiterated what city officials have said in the past – the developer must have private investments confirmed before the city will go forward with construction.

“The problem is the hotel and the apartments and the restaurants and retail, they won’t commit until they know where they’re going to be,” Glover said. “They won’t know where they’re going to be until you establish a footprint for the stadium. So that’s why we’re doing it in phases.”

There is currently no developer agreement in place.

The next step is to come up with a contractual agreement in which both parties will have to agree on terms, including costs or fees.

In South Carolina, city officials aren’t allowed to discuss fees with potential contract architects and the potential architects can’t present what they would charge as part of their presentation, Jones said.

“That’s why this process is having to take a second step,” he said.

If costs or fees are found not to be acceptable during the contract negotiation, council members can choose to pursue the process with the second-choice firm by passing another resolution.

IN OTHER COUNCIL BUSINESS...

l North Augusta City Council passed on second reading an amended Ordinance No. 92-18 to provide for the issuance and sale of waterworks and sewer system revenue bonds.

The council also approved on second reading the financing of waterworks system improvements as a part of the waterworks and sewer system by borrowing up to $13 million plus capitalized interest from the Drinking Water Revolving Fund through an agreement with the South Carolina Water Quality Revolving Fund Authority.

Both items still need a third reading before final approval.

l The Jack-o-Lantern Jubilee and SpringFest events received recognition during the annual South Carolina Festival Event Association conference held in January. Council acknowledged the following for their contributions: Lauren Virgo for design of the SpringFest poster, Ricky Jones for the Jack-o-Lantern Jubilee Web site, and Jodi Crunk who was recognized at the conference as Volunteer fo the Year.

l Ricky Jones was named the city employee of the quarter which covers the months of October, November and December. Jones is a network operations coordinator for the Information Technology department. He received a plaque, $25 gift certificate to SMS Sportsworld and a $25 Wal-Mart gift card.

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