The Town of Williamston is looking forward to taking ownership of the Williamston National Guard Armory soon. The building sits on approximately 7.4 acres which basically forms a triangle with boundaries along Gossett Dr., to the corner of Williams St. and back to the Greenville & Western Railroad with the exception of the Masonic Lodge property on one corner.
The Williamston armory transfer is one of several armory transfers across the state including the one in Belton. South Carolina National Guard has vacated properties across the state and is turning them over to local governments for the benefit of the communities they are in.
State House Representatives Anne Thayer, Don Bowen and Josh Putnam co-sponsored a bill which was introduce in the SC House and Senate in January. the bills were passed by the General Assembly on April 10 and signed by Governor Nikki Hayley on April 23.
Senator Billy O’Dell sponsored the bill for the Belton National Guard Armory transfer which was signed by the Governor on Mar. 7. The General Assembly approve that transfer on Mar. 22.
Both transfers dates are effective Oct. 1 of this year.
Williamston Mayor Mack Durham has stated that he hopes the armory building can become a Cultural Center for the town and area.
The property is adjacent to the town’s Mineral Spring Parks and other recreational areas. Durham has stated he hopes proposed walking/biking trials can also be incorporated into the property and surrounding property the town owns.
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