Community reacts to visual model of Project Jackson

WJBF NewsChannel 6 has a look at the multi-million dollar vision for North Augusta's Riverfront.
WJBF NewsChannel 6 has a look at the multi-million dollar vision for North Augusta's Riverfront.

NORTH AUGUSTA, S.C. (WJBF) – WJBF NewsChannel 6 has a look at the multi-million dollar vision for North Augusta’s Riverfront.

You’ve been hearing about Project Jackson for more than 4 years and on Monday night the destination finally came to life.

Since it was announced, Project Jackson has grown into nearly 70,000 feet of space to live, shop, and play.

The developer and North Augusta city leaders hope the video excites even those on the fence about the long-awaited stadium and surrounding development. The developer of Project Jackson hopes to make it the ultimate “return to urban living.”

While its taken some time and faced several obstacles, many people say the 35-acre complex shown in the video is a home run.

“I was blown away,” said North Augusta resident Sylvia Turner.

“I think it will bring great revenue into the city,” Greg Graham told WJBF NewsChannel 6.

Graham is from North Carolina, but is currently visiting North Augusta. He says he caught a glimpse of the big visual model unveiling on the news and says a similar baseball complex went up in Charlotte.

“It just gave it a whole different atmosphere,” Graham said. “I mean it’s not just baseball, that they brought downtown.”

Graham says he’s seen how successful its been for Charlotte and feels North Augusta’s office, retail and recreational vision will also be a big hit.

“They brought the whole atmosphere of just getting out and doing things around downtown,” he said.

“I think the Planning Commission has done a wonderful job of bringing this together,” Turner told WJBF NewsChannel 6.

Turner has lived in North Augusta for more than 20 years. She says Project Jackson is going to put her community on the map, competing with popular theme park destinations.

It’s a venue she hopes to enjoy with her granddaughter for years to come.

“It’s the combination. When we go out, to a park like Disney or somewhere, we like everything,” Turner said. “We like to go to the ball games, but we certainly want to have a good meal.”

The developer says once funds are cleared for the hotel, he’s hopeful the city council will move to start on the project. That could be as soon as within the next 30 days.

The final reading of the Tax District, Master Development Agreement, and Bond Ordinance will be at the next North Augusta city council meeting.

Count on WJBF NewsChannel 6 to bring you the latest to this developing story. 

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