Greenwood County Council unanimously passed third reading of an ordinance which clarified language in a previous bond and allows the county to give $100,000 in support of the new Uptown Market.
Council issued a general obligation in bond in 2010 to cover a number of capital projects. Several members of council who were in office at the time the bond was issued said they clearly remembered the $100,000 allotment being intended to support the Uptown Market. However, after careful review, acting county attorney Stephen Baggett said he felt council would need to amend the ordinance to clarify the language used to describe the farmers market.
The City of Greenwood is in the process of obtaining a $3 million hospitality tax bond to pay for the new market, which is the final project of a decade-long city center master plan to revitalize Uptown Greenwood. City council is expected to hold the final reading of the bond ordinance at their regular meeting on May 19. The bond will be for a term of three years at a rate of 1.11 percent.
The $100,000 given to the project by the county will go toward the first phase of the project, which is the renovation of a parking lot along Edgefield Street commonly referred to as the jury parking lot. Construction on that parking lot began Tuesday morning. Throughout the construction process, which is anticipated to run through July, jurors should use the gravel lot next to the now vacant Max Carpet building on Oak Avenue across from City Hall, located at 216 Oak Avenue.
The new Uptown Market is expected to be open in Spring 2015.