Robert Bosch LLC to invest $200 million in innovative green energy project


During their meeting Tuesday, Anderson County Council approved a fee in lieu agreement resulting in a $200 million capital investment, approved a paving list for a one-time grant for $6 million in C funds, and approved five funding requests.
At the beginning of the meeting, a moment of silence was held for Williamston builder/contractor Gary McAlister who recently passed away.
A highlight of the meeting was the approval of a fee in lieu of tax agreement with Robert Bosch LLC for “Project Triangle” which will result in a Capital Investment of $200 million, create 350 new jobs with average hourly wage of $30 plus benefits. Annual payroll resulting from the project will be $21 million. Forty-year community impact is estimated at $1,532,385. According to Economic Development Director Burris Nelson, the project will bring innovative technology that will not only revolutionize green energy but will provide a new measuing toll for how the world will consider energy consumption. The technology is for hydrogen fuel cells for Class A trucks. No one spoke during a public hearing on the ordinance.
Council approved third reading on an expansion for a joint industrial and business park with Greenville County (SRPF/Greenville Park 25). Nelson said the expansion allows for incentives from the SC Department of Commerce and is good for both counties. No one spoke at a public hearing on the expansion.
Council approved second reading to grant a right-of-way easement to Duke Energy Carolinas LLC on property owned by the County.
Council approved first reading on an ordinance to restrict property in Piedmont only for public outdoor recreational use. The County recently received a $550,000 grant for improvements for a park on the property.
Council approved first reading on an ordinance in title only to increase the time period for final plat approval and to change who may grant extensions. Councilwoman Cindy Wilson said the change allows developers to have up to a seven year window. After explaining the change, Wilson made a motion to table the ordinance to allow time for Council to review and better understand it. The motion was unanimously approved.
Council approved a resolution to support a plan for redevelopment for the Town of Pendleton Redevelopment Project Area (Village Hills Redevelopment project). The approval allows a tax increment finance on property owned by the Town.
Council approved the 2022-23 Road Improvement Plan by the Anderson County Transportation Committee (ACTC) funds which will be presented for a one time $6 million road improvement funding package for C fund money. According to Roads and Bridges manager Matt Hogan, ff approved, the funding will be used for 40 road paving projects including five subdivisions, Brown Road, Michelin Blvd. and five other roads. A ten percent match will be requested from Anderson County.
Council approved a commercial lease agreement between Anderson County and One World Technologies. Administer Rusty Burns said the agreement is a lease amendment for a building TTI is moving out of.
Council approve three change orders/bid approvals for Pump Station Improvements, ACEC #124 and Five Mile Phase IV Rehabilitation. Burns said the Five Mile rehabilitation is continuation of a process over fourteen years to improve a sewer line that is the “backbone of our sewer system”.
Councilwoman Cindy Wilson gave an update report on planning and public works committee meeting which include discussion on timeline for final plat submission, road evaluation for developments, mass grading and stream impairments and a tree ordinance.
Several funding requests were approved including funding for the Wren Bass Team, Belton American Legion Post 51, Anderson Pregnancy Care, Palmetto Knights and Tackling the Streets.