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Another legal challenge to new GreenJackets ballpark

New Augusta GreenJackets ballpark

New Augusta GreenJackets ballpark from outfield

We have another legal challenge to the financing plan for a new Augusta GreenJackets (Low Class A; Sally League) ballpark, as a local resident rebuffed once is appealing his loss to the South Carolina Court of Appeals.

Stephen Donohue, whose legal challenge to the TIF financing plan used to back Project Jackson, the $144 million development that also includes retail, residential, hotel and conference-center space, has already sued once, arguing the TIF plan used by North Augusta was unlawful. His argument that the Project Jackson site was not blighted — a criteria for founding a TIF district — but ultimately he lost in South Carolina Circuit Court, as Judge Ernest Kinard ruled that North Augusta could indeed create a TIF district to back Project Jackson.

The appeal was filed late Friday afternoon; the city has not been served. It’s not expected the appeal will halt development of the ballpark and Project Jackson. Work on the new ballpark is expected to begin in late 2014 for a 2016 opening; the city has issued an RFQ for construction.

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