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More work ahead in development proposal

Posted: December 25, 2012 - 11:54pm
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North Augusta Mayor Lark Jones talks about a major multi-use development proposal known as Project Jackson during the Greater North Augusta Chamber of Commerce A.M. Connection meeting Dec. 19.   EMILY ROSE BENNETT/STAFF
EMILY ROSE BENNETT/STAFF
North Augusta Mayor Lark Jones talks about a major multi-use development proposal known as Project Jackson during the Greater North Augusta Chamber of Commerce A.M. Connection meeting Dec. 19.

Of­ficials say the North Augusta riverfront development proposal dubbed Project Jackson is still a work in progress.

Mayor Lark Jones said, the plan announced Dec. 19 has a long way to go before ground will be broken.

“From A to Z, we’re at step C,” Jones said.

The approval process is expected to be lengthy and will include many opportunities for public input, said Todd Glover, the city administrator.

“We have lots of details to work through,” he said after the meeting.

Though the proposal is a work in progress, the goal is to have a game played in the new baseball complex on opening day 2015, former Ripken Baseball Vice President Jeff Eiseman said.

As for implementing the proposal, it’s an all-or-none type of deal, Jones said.

“One thing can’t happen unless all things happen,” he said.

The city has a backup plan in case the proposal doesn’t go through. That plan was approved on its third reading Dec. 17 during the North Augusta City Council meeting.

The council approved a development agreement between the city and North Augusta Riverfront Co. LLC.

In that plan, developers would build two 4,000-square-foot, multistory buildings that would house businesses such as restaurants and retail shops.

The city would build parts of the roads and contribute 25 percent toward the parking lot.

The Project Jackson stadium proposal and the development agreement both include the Family Y building and the riverfront park. “The park will be there regardless,” Glover said.

At the council meet­ing, Jones likened the park to Henry C. Chambers Water-front Park in Beaufort, S.C., and the Battery & White Point Gardens in Charleston, S.C.

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