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For the first time ever, Laurens County Council will decide on giving an incentive to a housing development

Similar to industrial/business park arrangements for economic development and industries


Project Onward is proposed for a first ordinance reading at TONIGHT'S Laurens County Council meeting - but first, the council will meet as a committee of the whole to hear about the $50 Million townhouses project proposed for the Watts Mill property in Laurens.

All barrels and asbestos has been cleared from the site, according to a June 24 presentation to the council's budget committee. The County advertised the June 24 committee meeting in advance noting that the agenda would include a "Commercial Development Proposal." Laurens Mayor Nathan Seen and District 55 Superintendent Jody Penland made presentations in favor of the development to the committee.

The land is in the county but a request will be made later to annex it into Laurens. Proposed as 180 "for rent" townhouses, according to the minutes of the Committee on Budget and Finance.

A PDF form of the Council's agenda packet for TONIGHT'S meeting is here.

Pay particular attention to the minutes of the Committee on Budget & Finance for a complete presentation of the proposed $50 Million project.

A company spokesperson for Fairmount Properties said the company has agreements similar to that being proposed for Laurens County with Anderson and Spartanburg.

Committee Chairman and Council Vice-chairman Jeff Carroll said this is the first time a request of this type has been presented to the Laurens County Council. It basically forms an industrial/business park for the housing development in Laurens.

At the full council meeting June 24, Carroll made a brief mention of the real estate project to fellow council members, and it was agreed that a Committee of the Whole meeting would be needed for more discussion -- that meeting will take place at 5 pm TONIGHT in the Hillcrest Annex on Bolt Drive in Laurens.

The full Council meeting follows at 6 pm -- these meetings are open to the public and livestreamed on the county website - with this Project Onward incentive ordinance and a closed session related to continued employment and compensation of the county administrator on the agenda.

The Laurens County Council normally meets the second Monday of each month, and in June added a fourth Monday evening meeting, as well. The ordinance will require two more readings and a public hearing for passage and enactment.

Details are in the Committee on Budget & Finance minutes here.