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Lawyer hired for Magnolia Trace issue

Posted: December 8, 2011 - 9:15am  |  Updated: December 14, 2011 - 2:38pm

Columbia County officials have hired an attorney for help in finding a way to legally halt construction of a “low-income” development in Martinez.

Patrick O’Connor, with the Oliver Maner firm in Savannah, Ga., was hired Friday afternoon examine the planned construction of Magnolia Trace on Old Ferry Road, County Administrator Scott Johnson said in an email.

After hearing from dozens of angry residents near Magnolia Trace at Tuesday’s county commission meeting, officials voted to hire a lawyer to find legal grounds that could “interrupt” construction of the 50 homes planed in the “affordable housing” project.

O’Connor has “extensive experience” with fair housing laws and issues pertaining to them, Johnson said.

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Better Call Saul!

Better Call Saul!

Craig Spinks

Patrick O'Connor

Mr. O'Connor is a first-rate, out-of-town attorney. The CCC could have done much, much worse in obtaining representation.

Dr. Craig Spinks/ Georgians for Educational Excellence

Sweet son

Now We Know!

Now we know who will get paid to fight a fight that is already lost! Keep your eyes open along Baston Rd. That large piece of property across from Augusta Christain is prime for the same thing to happen!


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@metalhead love the breaking bad reference