Greenville real estate firm seeks to develop industrial park in Calhoun County

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A Greenville-based commercial real estate firm is seeking to develop an industrial park in Calhoun County.

NAI Earle Furman Chief Development Officer Hal Johnson informed Calhoun County Council on Monday of his firm’s desire to develop an industrial site in Calhoun County near Carolina Eastman.

“It would generate new revenues and property taxes and lots of jobs to follow,” Johnson said in open session.

Council discussed the contractual details of the project with Johnson in closed, executive session.

Johnson declined to provide details of the proposal, but when asked the scope of the project he simply said, “Big.”

“We don’t know what we will be able to do, but it will be forthcoming,” he said.

Johnson said the county is attractive because of its access to Interstate 26.

Johnson formerly served as the executive director of the Orangeburg County Development Commission.

• Council held public hearings and gave third and final reading to tax incentives for Midlands Solar, LLC. No one spoke at the public hearings.

Midlands Solar, LLC will be developed by Community Energy Solar of Pennsylvania.

The company is promising to invest $80 million on the solar farm. It will be located on about 900 acres on Kennerly Road near Providence Road in Calhoun County.

The 72-megawatt solar farm is not expected to create many new, permanent jobs but will employ between 200 and 300 during the construction phase. Construction will take about nine months.

• The county announced it will use the services of PGA Career Consultant Mike Mueller to help it conduct its search for a PGA professional to help run the Calhoun County Country Club. The services are being provided free of charge to the county.

The services include access to a database of 28,000 PGA professionals across the country with the resumes of each of the professionals.

• Council approved the county’s service agreement with QS/1 Computer Services, which provides the county’s tax software system and computer services that print tax bills and assessment notices. The total contact for this year was $151,182.80.

• The Jumper Fire Station saw its Insurance Service Office rating improve from 7 to 5. An ISO rating reflects the fire protection available to a home. A higher ISO rating leads to higher insurance premiums for homeowners.

• Council noted there was an article profiling Calhoun County Library Director Kristen Simensen in Library Journal Magazine. The article ran in March as part of the journal’s Movers & Shakers series.

The article highlighted Simensen’s work in spearheading a literacy project funded through a Library Services and Technology Act grant administered through the South Carolina State Library.

• Longtime Regional Medical Center trustee James Amaker resigned from the hospital board effective April 6. Amaker, who is a Calhoun County Council appointee, has served on the board since October 1998. He was the longest continuously serving trustee until his resignation.

• Council entered into executive session to discuss an economic development matter involving Project Augusta; a commercial development incentive related to a grocery store; and personnel matters related to Emergency Medical Services and the county’s magistrate office.

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