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North Augusta leaders rework stadium plans amidst opposition


North Augusta Mayor Lark Jones still believes the pictures of a proposed hotel and a baseball stadium will come to life on North Augusta's riverfront.  

"If we can change the hearts and minds of some of the county council members and school board members and get them to see that this is something for the entire community," said Jones.

The school board and county council have shot down Project Jackson, a plan to develop North Augusta's riverfront with a baseball stadium, hotel and shops.

In order to show community leaders how a baseball stadium can revitalize an area, Jones and several members from the county council and school board went to Flour Field in Greenville, South Carolina this weekend.

Jones says the Greenville stadium is similar to the one they'd like to build in North Augusta. 

Gina Reddy lives a mile away from where the ball park would be built. She also went on the trip to Flour Field and she says she has some major doubts.

"I spoke to the architect; his firm has done quite a few minor league ball parks. He says that eight acres are absolutely needed," said Reddy.

The stadium in North Augusta would be built on about 6 acres.

Reddy also says the infrastructure in Greenville is very different.

"There was a four lane street and traffic lights, right there in the area. There are no four lane streets around Hammonds Ferry," said Reddy.

She says stadiums are typically built in blighted areas not prime riverfront property. But Jones says building along the Savannah River would come with its advantages.

"We need those things, we don't want to get in the car and drive 15 miles, gas is 3 bucks a gallon. It's nice to be able to walk to something or zip right down there," Jones, said.

Jones is reworking the proposal before they present it to the county council and the school board again. He says they've shaved several million dollars off the cost of the project.

Reddy said she hopes it falls through, "I definitely hope it is voted down, I'd be very sad to see this approved."

Jones says the school board will take another look at the plan this week and it will come before the council later this month.


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