At least 220 full-time jobs and $600 million could be on its way to Greenwood County if Project Cafe -- an as-of-yet unnamed company that has proposed building a manufacturing facility -- gets approved.
Second reading of an ordinance to approve a fee-in-lieu-of-taxes agreement, or FILOT, was unanimously approved at Tuesday's County Council meeting. The ordinance explains that the facility will be located entirely in Greenwood County, and will invest the estimated money and create at least 220 jobs within a 13-year investment period.
In exchange, the unnamed company will get a Special Source Revenue Credit, reimbursing its property taxes fully for its first five years, dropping to 55 percent in years 6-8 and down to 25 percent in years 9-22, said a resolution also unanimously passed. Failure to invest the estimated amount or create the expected jobs could result in the tax incentives being modified, the resolution said.
A final reading and public hearing for the ordinance is planned for the next regular County Council meeting, Nov. 15, said Chairman Steve Brown.
Update on lake plan
At the 4 p.m. Administration and Finance Committee meeting, Connect Lake Greenwood Chairman Jimmy Peden gave council an update on the Lake Greenwood master plan. Navigation lights have been installed on the S.C. Highway 72 bridge and lower railroad trestle to help boaters avoid hitting the fixtures, he said.
The group has installed maps and historical markers at 22 locations around the lake, including marinas, landings and ramps, he said. The project cost about $132,000, he said.
During November, he said he expects welcome signs for Greenwood County to be installed along the S.C. Highway 72 bridge, near Buzzard Roost Hydro Dam and near the Harris Landing bridge, along with redesigned signs that will guide drivers toward the Lake Greenwood area.
CLG is still working to landscape both the Greenwood and Laurens county sides of the main bridge, along with installing light poles for drivers crossing the bridge, he said.
When Councilman Chuck Moates asked if CLG had was working on bringing a restaurant to Lake Greenwood, Peden paused before saying, "yes."
"I hope to have a good announcement for you soon," he said.
In other business:
-- The national award program America in Bloom judged Greenwood on its quality of life and appearance during the Festival of Flowers, and gave a rating of four out of five -- along with an outstanding achievement award for topiary displays.
-- Council passed third reading on an ordinance to rezone a 20-acre portion of the Wingert Road Planned Development District to allow the use of public meeting halls.
-- Council unanimously appointed Edward Baylor to fill a vacant position on the Greenwood County Farmers Market Board.
Contact staff writer Damian Dominguez at 864-634-7548 or follow on Twitter @IJDDOMINGUEZ.