Wednesday, July 25, 2012
Georgetown City Council gave final approval Thursday to a rezoning request that could mean “about 100” new jobs for the area.
As a result of the vote, 27 acres on South Fraser Street in Maryville, across from the former Eagle Electric, has been rezoned from Low Density Residential to Limited Industrial.
The request was unanimously given approval by the Georgetown City Planning Commission in June.
City Council passed the request by a vote of 6-1. Brendon Barber voted “no” saying he did not have enough information. He said in the past council, in executive session, was told about the prospective industry even though the information could not be made public. That did not happen this time, he said.
Attorney Dan Stacy, representing the prospective buyer of the land — whose name has not been made public — told the Planning Commission his client is interested in moving a division of its industry to this area.
Stacy said the business has been in operation more than 35 years.
Although the products made by the interested company have not been disclosed, it is known parts suppliers have relocated to the coast of South Carolina since Boeing manufacturing opened in North Charleston.
Stacy told the planning commission the company makes multiple types of things for the same type of industry, according to the minutes from the meeting.
City Planner Rick Martin said the plans are for a non-polluting industry.
On Thursday, Stacy told the Georgetown Times the rezoning approval “is a step in the process.”
He would not say how many jobs may be created if the business does locate on the site but, when asked, Mayor Jack Scoville said “about 100.”
Councilman Paige Sawyer said the business “will be a shot in the arm” to the city.
Martin said the city has been working on the project “for months” and he is hopeful an official announcement can be made within a month.
First reading on the rezoning took place during a special meeting last week.
Martin said he is confident the industry will come to Georgetown now that the rezoning has been finalized.
“I would not have asked for second reading if it was not a go,” he said.
By Scott Harper