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North Augusta city council gives final approval for Project Jackson financing

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NORTH AUGUSTA, SC (WFXG) -

North Augusta's city council gave their final approval of Project Jackson's financing Monday.

Now the proposed development of the $150 million project that includes a hotel and baseball stadium heads into the planning stage.

North Augusta Mayor Lark Jones says the city will shift their focus to sorting out the details of the project.

He says that means finding solutions to issues, such as parking and traffic, that were hot topics of debate during the public hearings.

North Augusta residents won't see any changes for at least a year because the city will fine tune their plans and secure the contract with the developer.

After the contract is in place the city will go through the design and the bidding process.

If the planning commission ultimately moves the project forward it could still be a year before construction starts.

The project will be financed by a Tax Increment Financing District. Some residents and city leaders disagree about the TIF being the right way to fund Project Jackson.  

"When I see you do things like you do here, not getting evidence,  making declarations and findings not supported by anything but thin air, I don't see government of the people, I see government above the people," said the president of the River Club Homeowners Association Steve Donohue.

"The project is what we want it to be, that it's a success for our community that it will be something that our citizens will want to go there and be a part of it, and eat and shop," Jones, said. 

It could be six months to a year before we know what stores and restaurants will be a part of Project Jackson, according to Jones. 

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