Greenwood County Council passed a resolution of commitment Tuesday afternoon at their regular meeting. The resolution is aimed at bringing a new economic development project to Greenwood.
Greenwood Partnership Alliance CEO Mark Warner told council that the new project would mean an investment of $92 million in Greenwood County and bring 80 new jobs to the area. Warner The industrial manufacturing project, dubbed Project Pine, has apparently drawn interest from other locations.
“I’d like to also mention that there was a neighboring county who was really wanting this project in their county,” Mark Allison, council chairman, noted.
Chuck Moates asked Warner about the competing county and what the resolution would do to impact the company’s decision. Warner said that the resolution would take care of any competing counties.
Warner told council that he expects the company to reach a decision sometime in late March or early April. The next step would then be for council to pass an ordinance for a fee-in-lieu-of-tax agreement and a special source revenue credit. Warner recommended a fee-in-lieu-of-tax agreement of 6 percent for 30 years and a special source revenue credit of 80 percent for six years.
In other business, the number of parking spaces required for businesses sparked a lengthy discussion following the second reading and public hearing of an ordinance amendment that lower the number of spaces required for auto repair shops.
“I am not really opposed to this ordinance, but I am opposed to the procedure,” said Steve Brown. “I still believe that our parking standards are too strict, not only for auto repair, but for many businesses in Greenwood. My vote against this ordinance is a statement. I can’t say it loud enough: The parking standards are too stringent.”
Other members of council, such as Gonza Bryant, felt the county needed to start revamping the parking requirements and have Planning Director Phil Lindler look at the rest of the standards.
“I think we are headed in the right direction with this issue,” Bryant said. “Maybe we ask our planning director – who I think is a very good director – and Mr. Chappell (county manager) to look into this.”