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EPA Grants helping fund cleanup of Pelzer mill sites

Through Anderson County, Pelzer Heritage

By David Meade

The Pelzer Heritage Commission and Anderson County are in the process of obtaining grant funding for another cleanup project at the Pelzer Mill properties. If approved, the project will be funded with a loan from the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) and administered by the Catawba Council of Governments.

The Pelzer project will receive a $250,000 loan, with a thirty per cent forgiveness feature, meaning that only $175,000 will have to be repaid. That repayment will come from the County general fund, with no cost to the Town of Pelzer or the Pelzer Heritage Commission, according to County Planning Director Michael Forman.

Officials agree: “Pelzer is a unique place with a lot of potential”

By David Meade

Members of the Pelzer Heritage Commission were joined by three members of Pelzer Town Council, representatives of Anderson County and members of Anderson County’s Legislative Delegation for an information meeting with two valuable state resources on tourism and economic development. Amy Blinson of SC Parks, Recreation and Tourism, (SCPRT) and Jill Francisco of the SC Department of Commerce offered information on grants and other resources that may be available to help with Pelzer Mills Properties and the Town of Pelzer.

Pelzer Heritage Commission Vice President Larry Coker gave a brief presentation on grants and projects the PHC is currently working on and introduced the two speakers.

Community get-together planned for Pelzer

The Pelzer Heritage Commission will hold a social get-together for upper and lower mill residents at the Pelzer Community Building in the Monkey Park on May 12 at 7 pm. Pelzer residents can find out more about the community and representatives can answer questions that you may have. Light refreshments and snacks will be provided.

Meet with Governor’s Office

Pelzer Heritage Commission members, Town of Pelzer and Anderson County officials recently traveled to the State Capital in Columbia to meet with Governor Haley’s Deputy Chief of Staff Joshua Baker. Attending were Pelzer Heritage Commission members included Dianne Lollis, Larry Joe Coker, Gilbert Garrett, Kelly Arthur along with Dr. Wayne Fowler from Pelzer Mill Properties Board, newly elected Pelzer Council member Kim Crone Wilson , Anderson County Council member Cindy Wilson, Steve Newton and Michael Forman from Anderson County Planning Dept. The meeting, made possible through Pelzer native, Beth Phibbs, who also attended along with Gail Jeter from CARDNO. A presentation to Mr. Baker was made by Gilbert Garrett, PHC Secretary, in hope of obtaining support from Governor Haley and the state on developing the Pelzer mill properties, now owned by the PHC. Members were encouraged with the meeting.

County officials meet with governor’s office

On Pelzer mill site cleanup

By Stan Welch

County Councilwoman Cindy Wilson is in the midst of a busy week. Monday, she traveled with a group of Pelzer officials and two county staff members to Columbia to meet with Governor Haley’s deputy chief of staff, Joshua Baker.

Dianne Lollis, Larry Coker, Gilbert Garrett, Dr. Wayne Fowler, recently elected Pelzer Councilwoman Kimberly Wilson, Kelly Arnett, and county staffers Steve Newton and Michael Forman represented the town of Pelzer and the Pelzer Heritage Trust Commission. Also accompanying the group was Gail Jeter, environmental consultant for the group.

“We just wanted to put faces with names between here and Columbia, and get some of the future local projects on the state’s radar,” Wilson said. “As you know, the town had several streets included in a special historic district last year. And the Commission received a four hundred thousand dollar grant to work on cleaning up the upper and lower mill sites. They show no signs of slowing down, and while we were there, we learned of at least one new state funding source we can explore.”

Mill property cleanup Oct. 24

The Pelzer Heritage Commission is inviting area residents to participate in a Community Cleanup Day on the lower mill property on Saturday Oct. 24. beginning at 9 am. According to Heritage Commission member Larry Coker, the PHC will be renting two forklifts and staging pallets on the road for anyone interested to pick up for free. “We are asking volunteers from the community to come and do some cleanup around the old pallet shop area,” Coker said.

Blight program meeting tonight in Pelzer

September 10, at 6 p.m. at the Pelzer Community Building

Anyone interested in helping alleviate blight in the Pelzer and West Pelzer area is invited to a meeting being held tonight in Pelzer in which Anderson County officials will explain the Neighborhood Initiative Program (NIP). The program has the purpose to identify, purchase, and demolish blighted homes in order to stabilize property values and to prevent eventual foreclosures of the property.

Anderson County has been awarded just under $2.5 million dollars, which will be used to alleviate blight in the eleven different target areas in the county. Steve Newton, special projects director for Anderson County will explain the program to those who attend, and enlist their help in identifying the properties in their area. The program is funded by the U.S. Treasury Department, and is administered by the South Carolina Housing Office.

Five streets to be included in Pelzer historic district

By Stan Welch

Pelzer Heritage Commission President Larry Coker has confirmed that several streets in the town are scheduled to be included in a special historic district later this year.

Carolina Wilson, of The Palmetto Trust for Historic Preservation, was in town last week to make the announcement. The formation of the special district, which includes Lebby, Courtney, Reed, Smythe streets, and a portion of Square Street, raises the possibility for that area to be placed on the South Carolina Historic Register as well.

Coker said that it is possible that the remainder of Square Street and possibly some others can be added before the formal November establishing of the district.

Anderson County awarded funding for removal of blighted structures

Pelzer Heritage Commission partners on program

Anderson County has been selected as one of twenty governmental entities in South Carolina to be awarded funding from S.C. Housing under the Neighborhood Initiative Program (NIP). The NIP is designed to help stabilize property values and prevent future foreclosures for existing property owners in strategically targeted areas through the removal of blighted structures.  The Pelzer Heritage Commission will be working with Anderson County on the NIP as a non-profit partner.

Pelzer Heritage clearing properties

The Pelzer Heritage Commission recently announces that residents of Pelzer and the surrounding communities will begin to see changes in the coming months to the properties that once housed the Upper and Lower Mills. Pelzer Heritage Commission has begun taking steps towards clearing the properties owned by the Commission and seeking public input from the community on how they would like to see the property developed.

On the former Lower Mill, the Commission is working with South Carolina DHEC, Anderson County and other agencies to ensure proper cleanup of the property. The Commission estimates that the cleanup will take more than a year to complete, however, residents will soon begin to see progress. In recent days, the Commission has had trouble with trespassers on the site and is asking anyone in the community who notices suspicious activity on the property to please notify either the Anderson County Sheriff’s Office or a member of the Pelzer Heritage Commission.

Dec. 9 meeting to address Pelzer Mills dump site clean-up grant

A public meeting will be held on Tuesday, December 9 at 6 pm at the Pelzer Community Building regarding a Brownfields Cleanup Grant application for the old Pelzer Mills dump site located on the banks of the Saluda River.

The Pelzer Heritage Commission (PHC) is submitting two Brownfields Cleanup Grant Applications to the United States Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) to conduct cleanup activities at the site now known as the Pelzer Mill Disposal Areas.

Pelzer Heritage Commission to reapply for cleanup grant

On Pelzer Mills Properties

By David Meade

Members of the Pelzer Heritage Commission are continuing their efforts to get grant money th help with cleanup of the old Pelzer Mills properties.

Members of the organization recently met with Anderson County officials and Brownfields Cleanup consultants about grants, cleanup possibilities and future use of the old Pelzer Mill landfill properties.

In a meeting held Thursday at Tabernacle Baptist Church, Gail Rawls Jeter of Cardno, Inc. who is helping with the grant application, said that the Pelzer Heritage Commission is ready to reapply for a clean up grant for the old landfill property. The group was not approved for a grant applied for last year.

New sign welcomes visitors to Pelzer

A new “Welcome to Pelzer” sign was recently placed on Hwy 20 at Parker St and River Road. The large sign, which features a picture of Mill #1 and the year it was built, greets folks coming from Greenville County as well as an invitation to return on the back . The sign, made by Jeanes Sign Company of West Pelzer, is another project funded by the Pelzer Heritage Commission. For more information about the Commission call Dianne Lollis at 847-5743 or Larry Joe Coker at 243-9120.

Pelzer Mills cleanup

Kelly Arthur was among volunteers working at the Pelzer Upper Mill site on Saturday, April 26. Members of the Pelzer Heritage Commission along with volunteers Blaze McCellion, John Owens, Rockey Burgess and son Austin spent the day gathering debris on the site, filling in holes and general cleanup. After finishing work, all enjoyed a hot dog lunch in the Tabernacle Church social hall. PHC Members thanked the volunteers along with Tabernacle Church for allowing them to use the social hall.

County officials meet with Pelzer Heritage

On Mill Property options

By Stan Welch

One obvious conclusion resulting from an informal gathering of Pelzer preservationists and county staff and officials last week was the realization that annexation will play a key role in future efforts to preserve and restore Pelzer and its history.

County Councilwoman Cindy Wilson, along with county administrator Rusty Burns and county economic development director Burris Nelson traveled to Pelzer last Wednesday to share ideas and tour the various locations. Larry Coker, Dianne Lollis and other members of the Pelzer Heritage Preservation Commission were on hand, as well.

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