Jump to content

Florence Developments


Spartan

Recommended Posts

I saw a map like this on the Spartanburg Developmental Maps Forum, and I wanted to create a similar one for Florence. Most of what I was able to add so far was big projects like Buc-ee's, the new multi-sports complex, and downtown developments. I would love to know what residential and hotel developments we have going on in the town so any input on projects listed or unlisted would be amazing!!!
https://www.google.com/maps/d/u/0/edit?mid=1fhgSvJ37yC7amfKQx0pjR7VYNAcHU9xk&usp=sharing

Link to comment
Share on other sites

  • 3 weeks later...

1 hour ago, vicupstate said:

Brick façade. Not even close. 

From what I know, the design that got approved is brick for the top two stories and brown stucco for the group floor. So it’s a mix of the two but overall the dark brown/red color design won out

Link to comment
Share on other sites

Just checked the just opened Bucee's north of Florence.  53,000 sq ft with 120 gas pumps this is no convenience store.  More like a food hall meets department store meets gas station.  You have to experience it for yourself and yes it was packed!

This Texas favorite roadside attraction lives up to its Texas size roots.  Now spreading across the south like kudzu.  2 locations opened in Georgia and Florida and Alabama, 2 underway in TN and other states.  One will be in Anderson SC and NC is on the radar. 

 

IMG_5401.JPG

IMG_5402.JPG

IMG_5404.JPG

IMG_5405.JPG

IMG_5406.JPG

  • Like 1
Link to comment
Share on other sites

  • 4 weeks later...
  • 4 weeks later...
  • City Council unanimously approved on first reading annexation of slightly more than 3 acres at 1300 E. Palmetto Street and zoning it OSR – open space and recreation. The city of Florence acquired the blighted property –formerly the Palmetto Inn in April through a partnership with between the city, Florence County, McLeod Health and Drs. Bruce and Lee Foundation. The property is in the process of demolition and will be added to the open space associated with Levy Park

 

This property has been a blight for a LONG time. It was just outside the city limits, so enforcement was limited.  It's great that all these parties came together to get this problem solved. Just demolition alone will be a huge improvement, to say nothing of adding new recreation space. This is a very visible site as you enter the city from the airport too. 

Link to comment
Share on other sites

  • 2 months later...

Big news on the annexation front. A single 325 acre annexation will go to Planning Commission next month.  268.23 acres in Florence County between Vintage Place and Darlington County line and 56.77 acres in Darlington County.  Anderson Farm Rd and Hoffmeyer Rd. area.  Would be first time city limits have extended into Darlington County and the biggest single annexation in several years. 

Link to comment
Share on other sites

On 9/28/2022 at 7:18 PM, vicupstate said:

Big news on the annexation front. A single 325 acre annexation will go to Planning Commission next month.  268.23 acres in Florence County between Vintage Place and Darlington County line and 56.77 acres in Darlington County.  Anderson Farm Rd and Hoffmeyer Rd. area.  Would be first time city limits have extended into Darlington County and the biggest single annexation in several years. 

325 acre Annexation

Link to comment
Share on other sites

  • 3 weeks later...

Wow. This would be HUGE for Florence if true: 

https://www.postandcourier.com/news/sources-florence-county-to-get-2b-electric-vehicle-battery-plant-tied-to-bmw/article_1d5d6914-50b9-11ed-bd9d-133cb9a32332.html

BMW is on a tear in SC. That would be $3.7 billion investment in this state for their new electric vehicles.

Edited by gman430
  • Like 1
  • Thanks 1
Link to comment
Share on other sites

  • 4 weeks later...
  • 2 weeks later...
On 10/21/2022 at 6:23 AM, gman430 said:

Wow. This would be HUGE for Florence if true: 

https://www.postandcourier.com/news/sources-florence-county-to-get-2b-electric-vehicle-battery-plant-tied-to-bmw/article_1d5d6914-50b9-11ed-bd9d-133cb9a32332.html

BMW is on a tear in SC. That would be $3.7 billion investment in this state for their new electric vehicles.

On Wednesday, both Florence City Council and County Council had specially called meetings to approve $20 mm in economic development funds (city) and establish a multi-county industrial park and FILOT for 'Project Gemini' (county).   That's some serious dough for a medium sized city to spent on economic development.  I can't be certain that it was BWM, but it sure would fit.   

Link to comment
Share on other sites

Gov. Henry McMaster and the Envision Automotive Energy Supply Co. announced an $810 million investment in Florence County to built a battery cell plant that is expected to bring 1,170 jobs to the Pee Dee region. Envision plans to make battery cells, which will then go to BMW’s Upstate facility. In October, BMW announced a $1.7 billion investment in its Upstate plant as it transitions to manufacturing all electric vehicles by 2030. “The new plant will produce technology-leading battery cells for BMW Group’s Plant Spartanburg and create 1,170 new high-value jobs in the region when at full capacity,” Envision U.S. Managing Director Jeff Deaton said Tuesday in a news release. “South Carolina already has an outstanding automotive footprint, and we are delighted to offer new jobs in the high growth electrification segment, to attract and retain the state’s highly skilled workforce. The addition of this new facility will put Florence at the forefront of the United States’ EV transformation and will help attract future investment in the region.”

BMW’s $1.7 billion investment includes the construction of a $700 million high-voltage battery assembly facility in Woodruff. Car manufacturers are shifting towards making electric vehicles, and states such as Michigan, North Carolina, Tennessee and Kentucky are providing hundreds of millions to billions of dollars in incentives to automakers to build electric vehicles in their states.

The advanced battery format will result in 20% more energy density than the current generation of battery, which will reduce charging time and increase range and efficiency for electric vehicles by 30%, according to the governor’s office. The new facility will be located in an 870-acre Technology and Commerce Park in Florence, and will occupy about 1.5 million square feet, the governor’s office said. “The Envision AESC plant won’t just manufacture electric vehicle battery components, but will be transformational for the economy of this part of the state, Duke Energy South Carolina President Mike Callahan said in the release. “Affordable, reliable and sustainable energy is a key component to recruiting and retaining operations like this to the Palmetto State.”  To move the Envision project forward, South Carolina promised to spend more than $70 million to complete an employee training facility, and add road improvements and water and sewer infrastructure. The state also is providing $135 million out of the state Department of Commerce’s closing fund to cover additional project costs. “South Carolina has been an automotive manufacturing powerhouse for over 30 years, and Envision AESC’s decision to establish operations in Florence County and to create jobs for thousands of South Carolinians shows that we will continue to be one for years to come,” McMaster said in a news release. In November, McMaster announced the creation of a “one-stop shop” at the commerce department to serve as primary contact for electric vehicle manufacturers and their suppliers interested in coming to the state. “Our partnership with Florence County, South Carolina, is part of our next phase battery strategy to power next generation EVs in the U.S. This facility is another milestone on our journey to building an electrification network in the U.S. and strengthens our commitment to grow the electrification supply chain while providing high value jobs for the community for years to come,” Envision Group CEO Shoichi Matsumoto said in the release. “We are making good progress on our ambition to create high-performance, longer-range batteries for a diverse range of automotive manufacturers worldwide to support the EV transition and we’re excited to bring Florence County on this journey with us.” Aligning with the company’s global commitment to sustainability, the new, 30GWh manufacturing plant will be powered by 100% net zero carbon energy, according to the governor’s office.

This is a large investment for Florence County, the home base of the late Sen. Hugh Leatherman, who as the longtime Senate Finance Committee chairman for 20 years steered millions of dollars toward the region for economic development projects. Examples include money for Francis Marion University and Florence-Darlington Technical College to help grow and educate a workforce for the area. Both colleges received millions of dollars in earmarks, otherwise known as pet projects individual legislators have say over in the state budget. More than a decade ago, the South Carolina Infrastructure Bank sent $340 million to Florence County to help build a bypass and widen S.C. 51 and U.S. 76, among other improvements, to handle increased traffic in the area. Tuesday’s announcement was cheered in Florence. Florence Mayor Teresa Myers Ervin said: “We celebrate Envision AESC’s decision to locate their newest battery facility in Florence.” “What a landmark moment for our community as we welcome Envision AESC to Florence County. This project represents one of the largest announcements in the history of Florence County,” Florence County Council Chair Willard Dorriety said in the release. “The creation of 1,170 new full-time jobs will provide transformational career opportunities for our citizens.” Anyone interested in applying for a job with Envision should go to SC’s recruitment website. Companies interested in becoming a supplier for Envision should fill out S.C. Commerce’s online interest form. 

 

Link to comment
Share on other sites

Join the conversation

You can post now and register later. If you have an account, sign in now to post with your account.

Guest
Reply to this topic...

×   Pasted as rich text.   Paste as plain text instead

  Only 75 emoji are allowed.

×   Your link has been automatically embedded.   Display as a link instead

×   Your previous content has been restored.   Clear editor

×   You cannot paste images directly. Upload or insert images from URL.

×
×
  • Create New...

Important Information

By using this site you agree to our Terms of Use and Privacy Policy. We have placed cookies on your device to help make this website better. You can adjust your cookie settings, otherwise we'll assume you're okay to continue.