Anderson County Council approves architect for new detention center design

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During their meeting Tuesday, Anderson County Council approved a resolution to accept a $40,000 PARD grant that will be used for improvements at Hurricane Spring Park, hired a design architect for the new county detention center and approved several fee in lieu agreements for capital investment in the county.

Chairman Tommy Dunn thanked the Anderson County Legislative Delegation, County Staff and Steve Newton for securing the PARD grant. “It is very important to our recreation endeavors,” Dunn said.

Two people spoke during citizens comments, both regarding the abandonment and closure of a County right of way on Broyles Point Road on Lake Hartwell. An adjacent property owner said she and her husband have been taking care of and beautifying the property through the years and is in support of the abandonment. A property owner in the adjacent residential subdivision said he and others in the subdivision on the other side of the property have been cutting grass and maintaining the property through the years and that it is sometimes used for deliveries or parking for vehicles that cannot turn around in the neighborhood. He presented a petition from 14 others property owners in the subdivision against abandonment of the sliver of property. District 4 Councilmember Brett Sanders made a motion to table the issues so that legalities could be looked at. Council unanimously agreed.

Council unanimously approved third reading on a fee in lieu agreement for Third Stage Capital US-Piedmont I, LLC and Latitude Applied Technologies, LLC. No one spoke during a public hearing on the issue.

Council unanimously approved third reading to enlarge a joint county industrial park (2010 Park) to include property of Third Stage Capital US-Piedmont I, LLC and Latitude Applied technologies. No one spoke during a public hearing on the issue.
The project includes an investment of $18 million and will create 37 jobs with average pay of $25.14 an hour plus health insurance. Average annual payroll will be $1,860,360. Projected taxes from the investment will be $53,137 per year, $5,460,448 over 30 years.

Council unanimously approved third reading on a fee in lieu of tax agreement between Anderson County and Hartwell Resort, LLC. No one spoke during a public hearing on the issue. The project includes a capital investment of $5,800,000 and will create three jobs with pay of $22 an hour. Taxes paid on the property in 2021 amounted to $5,262. Projected taxes for 2023 are $17,350 and $2,775,939 over 30 years. Hartwell Resort, LLC is a redevelopment of 9.875 acres on the shores of Lake Hartwell. The property was originally constructed in the 1970s as a campground and RV site. The developer plans to redevelop the property into a premier RV resort featuring 135 pads with full service hookups. Plans also call for ten mini cabin rentals, a new office, bathhouse and laundry facility. The developer will install a sewer pump and forced main sewer line to tie into the Anderson County system.

Council unanimously approved third reading on an ordinance to enlarge the joint county industrial and business park (2010 Park) to include the Hartwell Resort property.
Council approved second reading on an infrastructure financing agreement for Tetramer Technologies LLC and Hoobastank Industries LLC for a new project (tetramer 2) to be located in an already existing joint industrial park with Greenville County. The project, known as “Project Choco” will have a $1 million capital investment and will create 26 jobs with annual payroll of $2.6 million. Tetramer operates in Pendleton and is the result of franchising intellectual properties growing the process to the point of manufacturing. Project Choco started in 2014 as a start-up research and development entity with immense potential.

Council unanimously approved second reading on a lease agreement with Equinox Mill Affordable, LP for a parcel of property located at 200 Jackson St.

Council unanimously approved second reading to enlarge a joint county industrial and business park (2010 Park) to include SRPF/Greenville Park 25, LLC.

Council unanimously approved second reading to grant a fiber company right of way easement to WE Fiber, LLC on property owned by the County at 399 Simmons Ford Road in Townville.

Council tabled a resolution expressing intent to cease County maintenance and to authorize judicial abandonment of a section of right of way of Broyles Point Road on Lake Hartwell. The triangle piece of property with paved roadway is being used as a driveway. The right of way is 2454 sq, ft., 118 linear ft and 15 ft. wide. Councilman Brett Sanders, who represents the District 4 area in which the property is in, made a motion to table the issue to the next meeting, citing legal issues as the reason.

Council unanimously approved a contract for Architectural Design services with Moseley Architects of Columbia, SC, for the new Anderson County Detention Center. Councilman Sanders, who served on the committee said the schematic will take four months, the design development will take four months and the final design will take about six months. Once design services are completed, the project will be up for bidding. Sanders said the bids will be sent to three qualified bidders.
The recommended design firm has been involved in several detention center projects throughout the state, Sanders said before making a motion to go with them. The contract with Moseley Architects includes design, bidding and construction administration services.
Total budget for the detention center project is approximately $55 million.

Council then went into executive session for legal advice regarding final plats for subdivision projects which have not been submitted within the time requirements of the County.