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River Club HOA Files Lawsuit To Stop Project Jackson

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Steve Donohue and The River Club Homeowner's Association filed a lawsuit against the city of North Augusta. The lawsuit claims the project's financing plan violates South Carolina state law.

Donohue and the River Club HOA filed the civil lawsuit on Monday. For months, Donohue and several River Club homeowners have been the vocal opposition of Project Jackson. And now, they are hoping a judge will put a stop to the 150 million dollar project.

Since it was first announced, Donohue said he didn't want the city of North Augusta to build a baseball stadium, and now, he has filed a lawsuit to prevent the city from doing so.

The lawsuit claims that the city's financing plan for Project Jackson violates South Carolina's Tax Increment Financing Law because there is no evidence that Project Jackson's proposed location is blighted. But in the past, city leaders have said otherwise.

"The foundations of several of those buildings are still down there. There are bricks from the brick making facility deep down into the soil. It's going to require a lot of work to go through. You can't build on it because of all the brick and debris in the soil. It makes the foundations unstablem" North Augusta City Administrator Todd Glover said.

The lawsuit also claims that if Project Jackson happens, property values will decrease. The River Club is less than a half mile away from where Project Jackson would be built. Because of that, River Club residents have also had concerns about traffic, congestion, and noise.

The lawsuit also claims that the city council breached the Freedom of Information Act when it met in several private executive sessions without announcing a specific purpose first.

Once the lawsuit is served, the city of North Augusta will have 30 days to respond.

We asked city officials for a comment, but they told us they can't comment on pending litigation.

We also reached out to Donohue, but he declined to speak about the matter on-camera.

Donohue and the River Club HOA have also filed a motion to keep the city from issuing TIF bonds for Project Jackson.

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