A new ballpark for the Augusta GreenJackets (Low Class A; Sally League) gained a preliminary endorsement last night as the North Augusta City Council voted 5-1 to support the project.
The ballpark is part of the “Project Jackson” development pitched for the North Augusta waterfront on a 44-acre site. Partially financed by TIF funding, the $50-million project will include the ballpark, a convention center, hotel, three restaurants, housing, apartments, retail and more.
Though there are lots of steps before any ballpark contruction begins, this action by the council was key, as it expanded the scope of the Project Jackson development to allow for a ballpark in a high-density environment. There were some local residents speaking out against the traffic a ballpark will attract, while others questioned whether a higher-density development was appropriate for the riverfront location. Despite these objections and a suggesion that the development would be better off without a ballpark, the vote was overwhelmingly in favor of expanding the project to include the ballpark, according to the Augusta Chronicle.
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