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Sep
22

Jafza Found Ideal Place, Official Says

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September 21, 2008

By Gene Zaleski, Times and Democrat

“We found what we were looking for, the potential for mutually beneficial development, the advantage of location, an excellent work force and a committed and investor-friendly government. We are happy to be here.”

These were the words Dubai-based Jafza International managing director Chuck Heath presented to a crowded Orangeburg-Calhoun Technical College Student and Community Life Center Tuesday night.

Heath’s presentation was about a year to the day since Jafza, a subsidiary of Dubai World, first announced it intended to invest between $600-700 million in Orangeburg County near Santee.

Plans call for a logistics, manufacturing and distribution hub that could mean about 6,000 direct jobs.

“South Carolina is our flagship in the U.S. market,” said Heath, who was the guest speaker of the annual Orangeburg and Calhoun County Industry Appreciation Week banquet. “We are here for the long haul and our feasibility study shows immense prospects for the state, for the county, for the local communities and of course for ourselves.”

Heath said preliminary work on the development of a 1,300-acre logistics, manufacturing and distribution park is nearing completion.

Currently, Jafza has completed the first draft of its master plan with finalization expected within the next two weeks.

ARTICLE SHORTENED DUE TO LENGTH….

LINK TO ARTICLE HERE:

http://www.thetandd.com/articles/2008/09/21/business/doc48d475cee2f12751189304.txt

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Aug
20

Orangeburg Historic Hotel Being Renovated

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August 20, 2008

By Gene Zaleski – Times and Democrat

Scaffolding, plaster and sawdust are seemingly around every corner of the historic Hotel Eutaw on Russell Street.

Light fixtures dangle from ceilings and walls gape open, revealing their interiors and beckoning passersby to peer in and perhaps catch a glimpse of ages gone by.

To the naked eye, the historic building appears to have seen its day. But for Columbia attorney Robert B. Lewis, the building — like wine — has gotten better with age and is on the brink of greatness once again.

“It is a great building,” Lewis said Tuesday afternoon. “We are really excited about it.”

Work crews were out in full force this week, continuing the interior renovations on the building with an eye toward transforming the Orangeburg landmark into a retail, restaurant and housing unit.

The building has been vacant for about 14 years.

The six-month, $1.6 million renovation project includes plaster repair and painting, as well as the installation of plumbing, electrical, security, air conditioning, fire suppression and sprinkler systems.

The 28,000-square-foot building is also being up-fitted for high speed Internet access and cable.

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http://www.thetandd.com/articles/2008/08/20/news/doc48ab68e219d34563219107.txt

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Aug
03

Jafza Logistics Center Plan Could Be Ready In Weeks

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August 03, 2008

By GENE ZALESKI – Times and Democrat

Jafza South Carolina LLC says it is on track to release a preliminary master plan for its proposed 1,300-acre logistics and distribution center by early September.

The preliminary master plan will aim to outline the company’s 20-year strategy for the Santee site, taking into account such variables as the price of oil, shifts in global trade, the widening of the Panama Canal and the opening of a proposed Jasper County port.

“In short, it will provide us a road map of how the project will proceed,” said Steven Eames, executive vice president for operations of Jafza Americas Inc. and Jafza South Carolina LLC.

“By looking at a wide range of factors, it will tell us what our building requirements are, what kinds of facilities we’ll build, where they will go and what the associated costs will be.”

The Dubai-based logistics company, a subsidiary of Dubai World, announced in September 2007 that it intends to invest between $600-700 million in Orangeburg County. Plans call for a logistics, manufacturing and distribution hub that could employ between 8,000 and 10,000 workers. It is projected to attract some $1.2 billion in private investment by 2030.

Jafza plans to break ground in Oct. 2009. The company hopes to have its first clients open for business in Orangeburg sometime in 2010.

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http://www.thetandd.com/articles/2008/08/03/news/doc48953552e1cc6530660256.txt
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Jul
28

Jafza Begins Master Plan for Orangeburg County Logistics Park

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By Daily Journal Staff

Jafza South Carolina LLC has hired a Kansas City-based firm to help create a master plan for its 1,300-acre logistics and distribution hub in Orangeburg County.

TranSystems Corp., which has offices in Charleston in Greenville, will assess market potential to identify tenants to be located at the site and determine services the hub must provide. The company will examine origin and destination patterns of existing and projected freight flows and commodity movements by cargo type and market sector throughout the Southeastern United States.

TranSystems will partner on the project with several South Carolina firms, including Seamon Whiteside & Associates, Atlantic South Consulting and Davis & Floyd.

“TranSystems is an industry leader in global supply chain consulting and the design of large scale intermodal terminals and distribution centers,” said Charles Heath, managing director of Jafza South Carolina. “We are projecting that with our business model and the continued growth of international trade, the Jafza Logistics and Distribution Park will create thousands of jobs and attract substantial private investment in manufacturing, warehousing and distribution facilities over the next two decades.”

Jafza’s planned development is along the Interstate 95 and Interstate 26 corridors, near CSX and Norfolk Southern rail lines.

LINK TO ARTICLE HERE:
http://www.charlestonbusiness.com/dailyjournal/3_197/full-issue.html#12488

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Jul
23

Development Cranks Up North Of Lake Marion

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July 23, 2008

By Staff – Charleston Regional Business Journal

Developers of a luxury gated community on the shores of Lake Marion in Clarendon County have started selling homesites as the entire area begins to anticipate a construction boom.

Across the lake, Orangeburg County has been bracing for an explosion of home construction since Jafza International announced plans for a logistics, distribution and manufacturing center east of Interstate 95 near U.S. Highway 301. The project could bring about 10,000 jobs to the area.

The single-family homesites in Polly’s Retreat, which average one-third of an acre, are priced from $69,900 to $85,000. The neighborhood will offer access to boating, fishing, hiking and other nature activities. At full buildout, Polly’s Retreat will have 34 homesites.

“These homesites are a unique part of North Shore at Lake Marion and represent some of the best lake-accessible property available in the South Carolina Midlands,” said Bert Shuler, president of The Shuler Group, which is developing North Shore at Lake Marion.

Regionally, the real estate market has been down 20% to 30% from 2002, when it was at its peak, G.W. Berry, president and owner of G.W. Berry Realty and Construction Inc. in Orangeburg, said recently. But Jafza could brighten the forecast, he said.

“Once the Jafza project starts hiring people and doing things, I think we’ll have a real boon here,” he said. “But I’m not sure what the timetable is on that. I think it’s a little premature to go start building houses but probably not too soon to start acquiring properties.”

North Shore at Lake Marion, scheduled for completion in spring 2010, will have 42 town houses, 84 condominiums and the 34 homesites at Polly’s Retreat.

LINK TO ARTICLE HERE:

http://www.charlestonbusiness.com/dailyjournal/3_194/full-issue.html#12470
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Jun
25

Experts Assessing Downtown Orangeburg

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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.

LINK TO ARTICLE HERE:
http://www.thetandd.com/articles/2008/06/25/news/doc48617efd3b0ff426462764.txt

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Jun
17

Master Plan for 4,000 Acre Lake Marion Development Almost Finished

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Beach nearly done with Cantey Bay planning

June 16, 2008

By John P. McDermott – The Post and Courier

More than two years after taking ownership of the tract, the Beach Co. is putting the finishing touches on a master plan for its nearly 4,000-acre Cantey Bay Plantation property on Lake Marion.

The Charleston-based real estate development firm has scheduled a public meeting for Tuesday at the Summerton Cultural Arts Center from 5-7 p.m. to show how it’s proposing to build out the Clarendon County property.

The Beach Co. acquired the rural forest and farmland in October 2005 from Springs Co., a textile maker based in Lancaster, for about $9.7 million. The tract includes 1.5 miles of lakefront property and two miles along either side of U.S. Interstate 95. It is buffered to the west by a federal wildlife preserve.

The company has said the property would likely be developed into a mix of residential, commercial and recreational uses that could take a decade or more to complete.

According to Web site set up for the project, canteybay.com, the proposed amenities will include an 18-hole golf course, a lakefront clubhouse, a marina, a waterfront restaurant, swimming pools, walking trails, ball fields, parks and tennis courts.

The company bought the property in part because it felt the central location would likely appeal to buyers of weekend lake getaways and even primary residences, especially as development pushes out from some of the state’s urban centers, such as Charleston and Columbia.

A new factor that could give the Beach Co.’s lake project a boost is the coming wave of industrial development that’s expected to break at I-95 and I-26 in nearby Orangeburg.

Cantey Bay takes its name from a property that was submerged during the man-made formation of Lake Marion.

LINK TO ARTICLE HERE:
http://www.charleston.net/news/2008/jun/16/beach_nearly_done_cantey_bay_planning/

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May
22

Luxury Condos Unveiled at Lake Marion Development

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Luxury condos unveiled at Lake Marion development

May 22, 2008

SCBIZ Daily Staff

A 60-acre luxury waterfront community on Lake Marion has been unveiled, offering condominium villas ranging in price from $300,000 to $525,000.

North Shore at Lake Marion will be a gated community featuring waterfront condominium villas with two, three or four bedrooms and two to four baths, ranging from 1,500 to 2,350 in total square footage. The villas feature nine-foot ceilings; stainless steel kitchen appliances; designer tile in the foyer and kitchen areas; hardwood flooring in the living and dining areas; cable and high-speed Internet; and private waterfront balconies. In addition, all condominium buildings have added sound insulation and elevators. Its location on Lake Marion will give residents access to boating, fishing, nature preserves and golf.

“We are eager to move forward with the development of North Shore at Lake Marion,” said Bert Shuler, president of The Shuler Group, the development firm behind North Shore at Lake Marion. “It is gratifying to see that the work we’ve put into bringing this unique and breathtaking waterfront community to the Santee area is beginning to take shape.”

In the future, North Shore at Lake Marion will offer 42 elegant townhomes and a limited number of 34 single-family home sites. Completion of North Shore at Lake Marion is currently scheduled for spring 2010.

LINK TO ENTIRE ARTICLE HERE:

http://www.scbizmag.com/content/view/75884/1/

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Apr
21

1Q 2008 MLS Data Released for South Carolina

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BLOG NOTE

The first quarter 2008 MLS numbers, as compared to the first quarter of 2007, are in………………

A few highlights are:

  • Spartanburg seems to have done well compared to the other regions, with home sales only down 9.2% from 1Q 2007. Their median sales price increased 11.8% during the same time period.
  • The Southern Midlands (Orangeburg) region had the greatest decrease in homes sold at -44.5%, and also the largest increase in median price at 34.4%.
LINK TO THE REALTORS PDF HERE:

http://www.screaltors.com/mls/SC_MLS_Q108.pdf
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Apr
20

Logistics Hubs Give S.C. an Advantage

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Logistics hubs – the future of distribution

April 19, 2008

By JACQUE RILEY, S.C. Business Magazine

Imagine you’re the CEO of a major international company, and you’re interested in expanding your American operations. You’re staring at the U.S. map, scrutinizing ports, highways and major commercial centers. As you compare geographical advantages, you also weigh factors like infrastructure, business climate and the availability of qualified workers. And you’d probably prefer to avoid those brutal Northeast winters, too.

That’s when South Carolina emerges toward the top of your logistics list.

Geographical blessings

“We are sitting on a gold mine in this state,” said Fred Monk, executive director of the S.C. Export Consortium. “The United States is still the largest market in the world, and South Carolina is a gateway to reach the concentrated hub of East Coast consumers.”

Straddling I-95 almost exactly between New York and Miami, South Carolina connects goods from the booming port of Charleston with the entire Eastern Seaboard. Along with a smorgasbord of highway connections to I-20, I-26, I-85 and I-77, our state also enjoys competitive rail service from Norfolk Southern and CSX.

As a result, South Carolina has attracted an increasing number of companies that specialize in the streamlined process of packing, tracking, shipping and delivering a plethora of goods. The trend toward this lucrative business model is underscored by news that Jafza International, an expert Dubai-based logistics company, will be building a state-of-the-art distribution facility on 1,300 acres in Orangeburg County.

“Jafza is a very savvy business — they’re very aware of the world market,” said Gregg Robinson, who serves as executive director of the Orangeburg County Development Center. “They are very aware of demand from the United States, and they see how a facility in Orangeburg County can provide a key service for a number of companies within the U.S. and the rest of the world.”

This article has been shortened due to the length………
LINK TO ENTIRE ARTICLE HERE:

http://www.thetandd.com/articles/2008/04/19/business/doc48095582d1255887769121.txt
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