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Jun
22

Despite Economy, Jafza Plans For Santee Moving Forward

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– The Times and Democrat

Although the project hasn’t been as visible as it was in the past, Jafza America says its plans to build a large logistics park in Santee are still alive and well.

“We have always said the Santee project is market driven and we firmly believe it will be successful,” Jafza spokeswoman Tara Robertson said. “The first quarter of 2010 has passed and the global economic crisis is not over, which has obvious implications on the entire market’s original plans.”

Robertson says about 125 acres have been cleared as part of Phase 1 of the project. It includes about four plots, which total about 385 acres of the 1,322 acres of Jafza Magna Park-Santee.

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Dec
15

Former Winn-Dixie Store in Orangeburg, SC for Sale after Conversion Plans Fizzle

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– The Times and Democrat

The old Russell Street Winn-Dixie is up for sale again after plans to fill it with a restaurant/bar and retail outlet fizzled due to the economic downturn and other circumstances.

The owners are asking for $1.1 million for the building, which is located across the street from the newly renovated Hotel Eutaw.

Harold Carroll of Carroll Realty Company said the property has been shown several times and has sparked the serious interest of two parties — one local and the other from Charleston.

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http://thetandd.com/articles/2009/12/14/news/doc4b26d01c29f1d089190747.txt
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Dec
01

Is the Planned 1,300 Acre Logistics Park in Santee, SC in Trouble?

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– The Post and Courier

The developer of the 1,300-acre Global Logistics Triangle project near Santee said Monday that it was not authorized to speak to the financial troubles of its heavily indebted parent company, Dubai World.

“The only comment we’re giving out … is the fact that we cannot comment at this time and until we’re given more information by Dubai,” said Tara Robertson, spokeswoman for Charleston-based Jafza South Carolina LLC. “We will share information as soon as it becomes available to us.”

Dubai World rocked global financial markets last week when it said it was seeking to postpone payments on some $60 billion in debt.

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http://www.postandcourier.com/news/2009/dec/01/local-group-mum-on-money-woes/
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Sep
21

Jafza International Changes Santee Development Plans

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– scbiznews.com

Jafza International has retooled its Phase 1 development plan for the massive logistics and warehousing complex the company has proposed for rural Santee.

Jafza is currently marketing four separate parcels of land on the outskirts of its 1,300-acre property. The plots highlighted in yellow on this map are available immediately for light manufacturing, warehousing and logistics space.

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http://www.charlestonbusiness.com/news/29539-jafza-international-changes-development-plans
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Aug
27

Jafza Focuses On Most Accessible 200 Acres

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– The Times and Democrat

Because of global economic challenges, a Jafza Americas official says the company is refocusing its Santee global logistics park development plans to land plots readily accessible in the 1,322 acres of Jafza Magna Park-Santee.

“We are in a recession, hence we are going to switch things up to adapt to that,” Jafza spokeswoman Tara Robertson told Orangeburg Rotarians during a Tuesday luncheon. “This project we have always said is market driven, and as you know, the market has subsided somewhat, but there are some opportunities out there.”

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http://www.thetandd.com/articles/2009/08/27/news/doc4a95b67cbac83590288793.txt
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Jul
28

Jafza Minimizing Wetlands Impact, Officials Say

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– The Times and Democrat

With Jafza South Carolina LLC still bullish on its plans to build a logistics, manufacturing and distribution park near Santee, U.S. Army Corps of Engineers officials say the company has done a good job minimizing the project’s environmental impact.

“They have been pretty aggressive in gathering the information they have needed to move forward,” said Nathaniel Ball, project manager in the Corps’ regulatory division. “They have done a great job in terms of looking at the wetlands.”

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http://www.thetandd.com/articles/2009/07/28/news/doc4a6e2ba9712bf706061809.txt
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Having appraised this site a couple of times, it still amazes me how little wetlands there are on such a large tract. Jafza will do a good job with the development.
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Mike Dodds
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Apr
03

Towns near Jafza’s Development Poised For Growth

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– The Times and Democrat

As Jafza Americas continues with its plans to construct a 1,324-acre industrial park near Santee, mayors and community leaders say they should be ready to handle the expected influx of people.
“We are just waiting for the good news and for things to start happening,” Santee Mayor Silas Seabrooks said. “When the groundbreaking begins and the target comes up, we want to be ready to shoot.”

Seabrooks joins other mayors in expressing confidence that their communities are mostly prepared to address the needs of Jafza and its employees.

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http://www.thetandd.com/articles/2009/03/29/news/doc49ceebaf54291705482831.txt
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Jan
27

Miller-Valentine Chooses Global Logistics Triangle as Priority for Development

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– The Times and Democrat

A new 150,000-square-foot industrial spec building, expandable to 300,000 square feet, has opened in Orangeburg County, bringing multitenant Class A industrial warehouse and manufacturing space to an increasingly popular area.

Located in the Orangeburg County/City Industrial Park, 348 Millennium Drive, it is situated in what has become known as the Global Logistics Triangle formed by I-95, I-26 and U.S. 301. The facility was developed and built by commercial real estate giant Miller-Valentine Group.

Miller-Valentine chose the Orangeburg area for its most recent industrial development for several reasons: a high demand for Class-A multitenant facilities, a concentration of industrial businesses that already reside in Orangeburg and the appeal of the Global Logistics Triangle, which offers proximity to major highways, ports and an excellent labor force.

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http://www.thetandd.com/articles/2009/01/27/business/doc497e3b68d7899093554300.txt
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Nov
25

Official: Gift Property Hit by Tax Law Change

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– The Times & Democrat

Obtaining property for “$5, love and affection,” might not be such a bargain after a new state requirement kicks in, the Calhoun County Tax Assessor reported Monday to County Council.

Assessor Steve Hamilton explained to council how the new state law can affect local taxpayers.

“When property is transferred, even in a non-assessment year, it can create a new assessment,” he said. If there’s a transfer “to anyone other than a spouse, it’s going to trigger a reassessment of property at market value when the transfer was made.”

With some property taxes doubling and even tripling, Hamilton said, the state law has “caused serious issues on the coast. … There are real horror stories from the coast.”

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http://www.thetandd.com/articles/2008/11/25/news/doc492b8ec0356aa703131384.txt

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Nov
23

Some Welcome Prosperity Jafza Could Bring; Others Say It Will Hurt Tourism

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– The Times & Democrat

Santee residents are divided in their opinions on the coming of Jafza. While some think the project will give an economic boost to the area, others worry about its impact on Santee as an “Oasis of Recreation.”

Mary Shriner, executive director of Santee Cooper Country Promotions and a member of the Accommodations Tax Board, voiced an opinion shared by many residents.

“Santee will never, ever be the same,” she said. “But completion of the Jafza project is so far down the road, its effects will be gradual.”

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http://www.thetandd.com/articles/2008/11/23/news/13340989.txt

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Nov
14

Santee, Lake Marion Ready To Boom

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Massive housing, business developments, industrial hub should electrify rural area

November 14, 2008

By Noelle Phillips – The State

Two new developments planned for Santee and Lake Marion would add thousands of homes and businesses to this rural slice of South Carolina that suffers from high unemployment.

The developments aim to capitalize on the region’s growing popularity among retirees who want to live near golf courses and lakes. And, the developers will benefit from a massive industrial hub planned for the southeast tip of Orangeburg County.

Cantey Bay Plantation would transform 3,800 acres into a residential community with thousands of homes and commercial development along Lake Marion and I-95 in Clarendon County.

“It’s really a new town we’re proposing to construct here,” said Kevin O’Neill, vice president of Beach Development of Charleston, the project developer.

And, the Santee Town Center project would develop 75 acres in Santee with more than 400 homes. The town, population 750, has been little more than a crossroads without a “Main Street.”

“With all of this happening around Santee the time has come to build a downtown,” said Ron Nester, a Santee real estate lawyer who is working with a local group of investors.

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http://www.thestate.com/local/story/589282.html

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Nov
13

Jafza Says Economy Won’t Stop $600 Million Project

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November 13, 2008

By Gene Zaleski – Times and Democrat

While the U.S. economy continues to struggle, a Dubai-based company says it will proceed with plans to develop its $600 million Jafza-South Carolina Logistics/Industrial Park.

Speaking to hundreds gathered Wednesday for the Orangeburg County Economic Development Summit, Jafza-South Carolina Vice President Steven Eames conceded the company faces a challenge from the current economic climate.

“It has made all our clients restrict their spending. However, we are long-term investors. We remain confident that this is an opportunity to position South Carolina and ourselves for the upturn,” he said.

During the summit, Eames provided additional details about the project that speakers called a “game-changer” for the area. The 1,322-acre, five-phase park near Santee will include light manufacturing, light industrial space, a public intermodal facility, a truck plaza, warehousing and mixed-use offices and commercial uses.

Jafza estimates the project could create about 3,700 direct jobs in the county over the next 12 years, including clerical, managerial, food service and transportation jobs. In addition, Eames said the project could create 1,500 indirect spin-off jobs in the state by 2020.

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http://www.thetandd.com/articles/2008/11/13/news/13326854.txt

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Nov
10

Jafza Prepares To Unveil Plan; Summit Sells Out

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November 9, 2008

By Gene Zaleski Times and Democrat

“Going Global, Acting Local, Coming to the Table – Vision 2020.”

The theme of Orangeburg County’s economic development summit will aim to reverse the age-old proverb that hindsight is 20/20 by focusing the county on its future and leaving the past without any regrets.

County economic development leaders and officials have touted the summit as what they hope to be a catalyst to put feet on the proverbial “sleeping giant” that is Orangeburg County.

The summit – the third held by the county since 1995 and its second in the past three years – is hosted by the Orangeburg County Development Commission and Orangeburg County Council.

The summit will be held at Orangeburg-Calhoun Technical College from 7:30 a.m. to 7 p.m. Wednesday.

Headlining the event is the much-anticipated unveiling of the Dubai-based Jafza International’s master plan. Steve Eames, executive vice president for operations of Jafza Americas Inc. and Jafza South Carolina LLC, will make the presentation.

Jafza, a subsidiary of Dubai World, first announced in September 2007 its intent to invest between $600 million and $700 million in Orangeburg County near Santee.

Plans call for a 1,300-acre logistics, manufacturing and distribution park that could mean about 6,000 direct jobs.

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http://thetandd.com/articles/2008/11/09/news/doc49166dafe69a3578504181.txt
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I can’t tell you how big of an impact I believe the Jafza development will be. Unfortunately, I waited too long and didn’t register in time for the event on Wednesday……….
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Michael Dodds, MAI, CCIM, MRICS

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Oct
20

Jafza to Unveil Master Plan at November Summit

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October 20, 2008

By Gene Zaleski – Times And Democrat

The Orangeburg County Development Commission and Orangeburg County Council have scheduled an economic development summit for Nov. 12.

OCDC Executive Director Gregg Robinson says the summit demonstrates council’s priority on economic development. “If we talk the talk, we have to walk the walk.”

Robinson hopes the summit, the county’s second in the past three years and third since 1995, will be the catalyst to put feet on the proverbial “sleeping giant” that is Orangeburg County.

“We got a call,” Robinson said. “How are we going to answer it? Are we going to answer it with infrastructure that is needed? Are we going to answer it in the ability to deliver rail … and intermodal connectivity globally?”

The 2008 Orangeburg County Economic Development Summit will be held at Orangeburg-Calhoun Technical College from 8:30 a.m. to 5:30 p.m.

The theme is “Going Global, Acting Local, Coming to the Table — Vision 2020.”

The event is expected to draw a couple hundred.

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This should be an exciting event, and I hope to attend. To learn more, click here:
http://guest.cvent.com/EVENTS/Info/Summary.aspx?e=85dad3e5-e5ed-45c6-b8df-e4b2edc7afed
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Mike Dodds
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Oct
06

Hotel Eutaw Owners Moving Forward With Renewal Project

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October 1, 2008

By Gene Zaleski – Times and Democrat

After years of being vacant and failed attempts to resurrect the historic Russell Street Hotel Eutaw, building ownership is once again looking for occupants.

Commercial and tenant space is now available in the Hotel Eutaw for interested parties to lease or rent.

The 28,000-square-foot building has about 1,900 square feet of restaurant/kitchen space available in the mezzanine. The restaurant would have seating for about 125 as well as an outdoor courtyard with fountain in the rear. The space is considered ideal to house dinners, banquets, anniversaries or wedding receptions.

“The possibilities are endless for having a party,” said Thomas Cole, vice president of commercial real estate for California-based Red Curb Investments. Red Curb Investments has partnered with Columbia attorney Robert B. Lewis in the renovation of the hotel. The architect is Columbia-based Architectural Concepts.

The building will offer an opportunity for street-front retail shops. Each shop will have about 600 to 800 square feet.

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http://thetandd.com/articles/2008/10/01/news/doc48e40ecccb013784324303.txt

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