Tonight is the first of three steps to move Project Jackson ahead. WJBF News Channel 6's Barclay Bishop has more.
Two weeks ago, Aiken County Council voted to turn the project into an ordinance. Meaning, in order for it to move to the next step, it has to go through a public hearing and two more votes. The $150 million redevelopment project would include shops, town homes and potentially a new home for the Augusta GreenJackets.
North Augusta city leaders hope that tonight's hearing will help clear up some misconceptions about the project. The main concern that has been addressed is whether or not it would take money from Aiken County.
"You can't lose what you never had, with the Project Jackson money, we never had it so we're not giving up something. "We're not asking for one penny of existing revenue, we hear need additional EMS personnel, and I understand that but we're not taking money away from their budget," said Todd Glover, North Augusta City Administrator.
Public Hearing Tonight:
Aiken Technical College
Open To Public
1336 Augusta West Parkway
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