Baseball In North Augusta
"Swinging for the Fences -- And Missing"
Placing a 5000 seat stadium and a 225-room hotel on 26 acres of land sandwiched between 13th Street Bridge, Hammond's Ferry and the brick ponds is a bad idea on many different levels. Project Jackson is a bad idea and needs to be stopped.
Currently there is excess hotel capacity in the CSRA . . .
|Marriott Hotel - Augusta, GA|
Green Jackets, as Class A Team, have no economic impact . . .The Augusta Green Jackets are a Class A minor league team; that's four levels below Major League Baseball after AAA, AA, and Class A-Advanced. Economic studies show there is no positive economic impact from building a stadium for a Class A minor league. See, for example: Amherst Dissertation; and Journalist Resource. Even if there were some positive impact, there would be little impact in this case because the team already operates in the CSRA and this would just be moving the team about 3 miles from their current location.
Parking is inadequate . . .
The initial design had a 900 space parking garage associated with the entire complex. If you consider the hotel capacity at 200 rooms, plus the retail space with its employees, the staff of the hotel, and the employees of the Family Y, the parking deck would become quickly filled and the overflow would be felt on the local streets and neighborhoods.
Semi-trucks to service facilities will pollute, congest, damage roads . . .
The hotel, stadium, and retail space will require servicing by semi-trucks delivering food, drink, and restaurant supplies to these sites. These trucks sit idling their diesel engines for hours, usually at night, while they are unloaded. These supply trucks add more congestion, noise, and pollution to the area and are hard on the local roads.
Stadium events will cause traffic jams . . .
What are the records of the developers here?
|Leyland Alliance's Storr Center|
The Ft. Wayne Experience
|Ft. Wayne Baseball Field Under|
Construction -- 2 years late
|Low value houses across the street|
from the Ft. Wayne stadium