Experts Assessing Downtown Orangeburg


June 25, 2008

By Times and Democrat Staff

Downtown Orangeburg is getting a close look by development experts this week.

Officials from Main Street South Carolina and the National Trust Main Street Center are in the city to assess downtown’s greatest challenges and opportunities. They are to recommend a course of action for the Downtown Orangeburg Revitalization Association.

The team arrived in Orangeburg on Monday for two days of interviews, tours and meetings. On Wednesday, they are to meet with community leaders to present their observations and proposals.

“The assessment will provide us with an objective analysis of the downtown’s biggest needs,” said Ben Pendarvis, president of DORA’s board of directors. “Main Street South Carolina and the National Trust Main Street Center have worked with over 1,900 towns and cities, including many here in South Carolina. Together they have a wealth of experience to share with us.”

The team includes Beppie LeGrand from Main Street South Carolina; Randy Wilson, president of Community Design Solutions of Columbia; Beverly Meng, former executive director of Mississippi Main Street, and Hilary Greenberg, president of Greenberg Development Services of Charlotte, N.C.


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