***UPDATED at 6:16 P.M. on Tuesday, May 5th***
The South Carolina Supreme Court heard more arguments on the Project Jackson case Tuesday morning from a homeowner who is challenging the project’s $183 million financing plan for the project. WJBF News Channel 6’s Mike Miller has the story.
Tuesday morning at the South Carolina Supreme Court, River Club Steve Donohue and his legal team tried to prove that North Augusta’s Tax Increment Financing (TIF) District for Project Jackson was illegal because the area is not blighted.
“In fact, the actual piece of property that we’re talking about putting the baseball stadium on has increased 5.7 percent in value just since 2007, when it was purchased by the developer,” said Donahue’s lawyer, James Mosteller.
But, North Augusta officials didn’t have much to say about that part of the lawsuit. They feel the financing plan is legitimate and that Project Jackson will be able to move forward.
“Certainly, if we’re going to make that 2017 goal that we have now, things would certainly have to get started at the very latest, early 2016,” said North Augusta City Administrator Todd Glover.
The justices didn’t have a lot of questions about the financing plan. Instead, they had questions about the part of Donohue’s lawsuit that says the city violated the Freedom of Information Act by talking about Project Jackson behind closed doors. “We feel very strongly about the public’s right to know, but there is that fine line of being able to discuss things in private as you develop deals,” said Chief Justice Jean Toal.
Despite the lawsuit, city officials have continued planning Project Jackson, but construction cannot start until the justices reach a decision, which should happen some time this summer.
“You’ve got over 125 million dollars of private investment now. This is a huge project. I mean, it’s got retail, restaurants, a hotel. It’s really just a place that people are going to want to be. It’s a live work and play environment,” said Glover.
We tried to talk to Steve Donohue about Tuesday’s hearing, but he and his legal team did not want to appear on-camera.
City officials are still shooting for a 2017 opening for the new ball park.
***UPDATED at 10:44 A.M. on Tuesday, May 5th***
The latest hearing concerning Project Jackson in North Augusta is being heard by the South Carolina Supreme Court Tuesday morning.
To view the proceeding live, click here.
The case was scheduled to be heard at 10:30 a.m., but the case being heard before it has gone over time, and the Project Jackson hearing is late.
***POSTED at 3:39 P.M. on Friday, May 1st***
The Project Jackson case is headed to the South Carolina Supreme Court next week.
The City of North Augusta and Steve Donohue will appear before a judge on Tuesday, May 5th at 10:30 a.m.
The proceeding will take place at the South Carolina Supreme Court in Columbia.
Donohue filed a lawsuit against the city more than a year ago. His complaint questions the financing plan for the $170 million project.
The city won the case in July, but Donohue is appealing that decision to the Supreme Court.
PROJECT JACKSON TIMELINE:
- Project Jackson Supreme Court Case Scheduled
- Project Jackson Going Back Before The South Carolina Supreme Court
- Project Jackson Could Be Delayed Until 2017
- WJBF EXTRA: A Look Back at Project Jackson’s History
- New Renderings Released for Project Jackson
- Lower Cost Design for Future GreenJackets Home
- Construction Underway For Project Jackson Related Structures
- General Contractor Selected For Project Jackson Stadium
- Project Jackson Headed To Supreme Court
- North Augusta Woman Protesting Project Jackson
- Sweetwater Brewing Company Working On Project Jackson Deal
- North Augusta Officials Say Court Hearings Are Holding Up Project Jackson Progress
- N. Augusta Budget Passes First Reading, Project Jackson Bids In
- BREAKING ON 6: Project Jackson Headed Back To Court
- North Augusta Moving Forward With Project Jackson Parking Deck
- New Renderings Released For Project Jackson
- Read Stephen Donohue’s Motion For Post Trial Relief
- Read Stephen Donohue’s Affadavit
- UPDATED ON 6: Project Jackson Lawsuit May Not Be Settled
- Project Jackson Clears Hurdle, One Step Closer To Happening
- 6 Investigates: Is Project Jackson Property Blighted?
- Verdict On Project Jackson Lawsuit May Have To Wait
- Project Jackson Verdict Could Come This Week Or Late August
- What’s Next For Project Jackson?
- Fate Of Project Jackson In The Hands Of Judge
- Project Jackson Moves Forward, Slowly
- EXCLUSIVE ON 6: Project Jackson Lawsuit Filed Against Man Who Filed First Lawsuit
- Date Of Project Jackson Lawsuit Trial Pushed Back
- Project Jackson Stadium Delayed Until Spring 2016
- River Club Homeowners Association Wants Name Taken Off Project Jackson Lawsuit
- River Club Home Owners Outraged By HOA Suit
- River Club HOA Files Lawsuit To Stop Project Jackson
- Lawsuit Filed To Stop Project Jackson
- Progress on Project Jackson
- Impact of Project Jackson on North Augusta Greeneway
- Last Public Hearing Held For Project Jackson Financing Plan
- Project Jackson Developer Talks About Lawsuit
- Taking The Politics Out Of Project Jackson
- Entrepreneurs Interested In Developing Near Project Jackson
- WJBF Investigates: Would Project Jackson’s Impact Be Countywide?
- Aiken County Residents Speak Out About Project Jackson
- WJBF Investigates: Robocalls About Project Jackson: Information or Misinformation?
- Project Jackson Public Hearing Held Tonight
- Council Approves First Reading Of Project Jackson Agreement
- Tuesday Night Vote Could Move Project Jackson Closer To Becoming Reality
- Long Road Ahead For Project Jackson
- School Board Approves Project Jackson Financing Plan
- School Board Says Yes to Project Jackson
- Aiken County Schools Do The Math On Project Jackson
- Are Parts Of Project Jackson Conflicts Of Interest?
- Project Jackson: Comparing NA Plans to Greenville, SC Stadium
- Public Speaks About Project Jackson To School Board
- North Augusta Officials Pitching New Baseball Stadium Plan
- Looking Forward and Getting You Answers First on Project Jackson
- Take Me Out to The Ball Game: North Augusta Leaders Scope Out Baseball Stadiums
- Will Augusta Try To Keep The GreenJackets In The Garden City?
- How Will Project Jackson Be Funded?
- How Your Vote Will Vote For You: North Augusta Candidates on Project Jackson
- UPDATED ON 6: North Augusta City Council Holds Meeting On Funding For New Riverfront Sports Complex Tuesday Night
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- UPDATED ON 6: Augusta GreenJackets Sold, New Baseball Stadium Proposal Submitted To North Augusta City Leaders
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