2017-09-13 / Local News

New sewer line to open up area for development; work to begin soon

Ledger Staff Writer

The construction phase of the vital Sunny Slope sewer project should begin before the holidays.

Cherokee County Administrator Holland Belue said the county and Gaffney Board of Public Works has finalized the agreement and should begin work within the next few months.

The project will link the Upstate Corporate and Sunny Slope industrial parks. The Upstate Corporate industrial park is home to the $104 million Dollar Tree distribution center.

The 350-acre Sunny Slope park has yet to attract a tenant. But the sewer project should help, thanks to the generous financial help from local utilities. Broad River Electric is responsible for the lion’s share of the funding, including $224,102 of its own funds and lobbying for $600,000 from the S.C. Power Team.

Other local utilities which anted up money were Piedmont Natural Gas ($50,000), AT&T ($35,000) and Duke Energy ($25,000).

Cherokee County also contributed $266,000 of its economic development funds but will recoup that money when an industry locates in the park.

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