Time to plant the garden

City of Clinton takes first step to grow a 750 acre industrial park
Mayor McLean quoting American industrialist Steve Jobs: "Here's to the crazy ones, the misfits, the rebels, the troublemakers, the round pegs in the square holes... the ones who see things differently -- they're not fond of rules... You can quote them, disagree with them, glorify or vilify them, but the only thing you can't do is ignore them because they change things... they push the human race forward, and while some may see them as the crazy ones, we see genius, because the ones who are crazy enough to think that they can change the world, are the ones who do."

JUST NOW: The City of Clinton broke ground on Hwy 72 East for a 100,000 sq ft development ready pad, that will be cornerstone in what is envisioned as a 750 acre industrial park.

Groundbreaking ceremonies were staged at I-26 Commerce Park. The city and its partners will install a concrete pad that can be shown to industrial prospects, and will continue to work on a funding source for a spec building on the site. Laurens County currently has no purchase-ready spec buildings that it can show to industrial prospects and site locators.

Funding partners for the pad project are The City of Clinton, Clinton-Newberry Natural Gas Authority, Santee Cooper and Advantage Clinton. The corporate partners are Laurens County, Upstate SC Alliance, SC Department of Commerce, Alliance Consulting Engineers, Laurens Electric Cooperative Inc., Pacolet Milliken Enterprises Inc. and Laurens County Development Corporation.

The site is at the Hwy 72 - I-26 interchange, with easy westward access to I-385 and continuing on to Simpsonville - Greenville. I-26 west connects to Spartanburg and Asheville, NC. East on I-26 is Columbia and Charleston/the Port of Charleston. The site is on the opposite side of I-26 from Corporate Drive, where Fatz and Hampton Inn & Suites, and the under-construction Zaxby's are located. Less than a mile from the site toward the city is Clinton High School. Across from the Corporate Drive entrance is the just-opened frontage road that connects Hwys 72 and 56 - opening about 100 acres for potential development east of Clinton. 

"This will be a new era of prosperity for the City of Clinton. We have come out of the stands, we are not spectators. We are now serious0 players," Mayor Bob McLean said at the groundbreaking attended by Clinton City Council members and city staff, site prep firms representatives, other development officials and city partners.

City Manager Frank Stovall said the groundbreaking is timed for spring. "People are tilling the soil in their backyards. Well, now we have a great big tiller - for a great big garden." Stovall said, at build-out, this area is envisioned as a Class A certified industrial park of 750 acres, with full infrastructure in place.



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