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Dec
01

Upstate Building Permits on the Rise

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building-permitThere were more residential than commercial building permits issued in the third quarter in the Upstate, according to a report by Knoxville, Tenn-based Market Edge. The majority of the permits were issued in Greenville and Spartanburg counties. The report classified the Upstate as the counties of Abbeville, Anderson, Greenville, Greenwood, Laurens, Oconee, Pickens and Spartanburg.

Gary Splawn, permits administrator for Spartanburg County, said the number of permits issued depends on the time of the year.

“We usually see the numbers increase in the spring and continue strong through the summer,” he said. “And most of what we’re seeing in terms of residential permits are individual homeowners getting permits for additions to their homes.”

Eric Vinson, director of planning and code compliance for Greenville County, said the same process can be seen in Greenville County.

“The housing permits are definitely cyclical in nature, as we typically have higher levels of construction in the second and third quarters,” he said. “We have seen more residential renovation which explains the higher overall permit numbers.”

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Oct
09

Easley Retail Market Expanding

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Already the home of the Big League World Series, Easley is hoping to keep scoring big on retail with more than half a dozen big-box stores under construction or opened in the past 18 months. Call it the Big Easley.

It began about seven years ago when developers began working to get the infrastructure in place at what would become the Easley Town Center, at U.S. 123 and S.C. 153. Easley will have more than 500,000 square feet of shopping and restaurants by the end of 2013, said developer David Scarnati.

Before the new center began racking up a series of home runs for Easley, the city was already strong on retail with about 39 percent of the Pickens County-wide retail business, and its share has only increased, said Cindy Hopkins, president of the Greater Easley Chamber of Commerce.

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Mar
08

Easley Gets to Work on Town Center Redevelopment Project

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Easley gets to work on Town Center redevelopment project

March 8, 2008

By Julie Howle
STAFF WRITER
jhowle@greenvillenews.com

EASLEY — Rain couldn’t dampen the spirits at a groundbreaking Friday for the Easley Town Center, a project set to redevelop the former Saco Lowell site, which has sat vacant for years.

“I think it’s probably one of the biggest days as far as economic development that this area’s had in a long time,” Easley Mayor Larry Bagwell said.

He was one of many community leaders who gathered to celebrate the rebirth of the plant, once a home for manufacturing textile equipment that is now planned to be a new retail center.

Officials broke ground, gold shovels in hand, and the crowd then watched as a section of the old plant was ripped down, bricks tumbling to the ground.

“We’re very, very happy to see this day get here,” Bagwell said. “I think it’s going to be tremendous as far as opening up other economic values out through here.”

The groundbreaking kicked off construction, which is expected to be finished in March 2009, said David Scarnati, director of development for Cedarwood Development Inc.

Wal-Mart is going to be a major anchor for the center, Scarnati said, but he said they aren’t naming any of the other stores yet.

He said there would be at least 20 to 25 stores and an expected 500,000 square feet of retail space.

“This truly is a large-scale development,” Scarnati said. “I think it’s going to have a great, positive impact. It’s going to create a new corridor into Pickens County.”

State Sen. Larry Martin, R-Pickens, said the project will bring road improvements and said the taxes paid by the center’s tenants will help improve the landscape as a gateway into Pickens County.

Easley Town Center will also create 900 jobs in addition to the local construction labor that will be used.

Scarnati said there are more than 120 acres on the site and about 80 acres will be developed in the first phase. Two additional phases are expected later.

When the project is complete it will mean an about $82 million investment, he said.

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