Anderson Co. moves forward with County Square development project


ANDERSON Co., SC (WSPA) – Cities across the Upstate are always working on development projects to make their community stand out and Anderson County is just one of them.

A new developer is working with Anderson County to create the County Square project behind the historic courthouse in downtown. The space typically referred to as the old Bailes property has been vacant for nearly a year.

But with this new partnership that could soon change as the county works to build a multiuse building that they hope will attract more people and ultimately more business to the area.

“Possibility for a rooftop restaurant or as I mentioned earlier the possibility for residential space and so again it’s a building not just a government building, but a 24 hour building and we want it to be the most significant building in downtown Anderson,” said Rusty Burns, the county administrator.

This is county property within city limits so it’s a huge partnership between both. County officials tell 7News the city has already pledged several hundred thousand dollars for street scape projects and the exterior of the building once it is complete.

County officials originally started working with a separate developer last fall, but the company had too many projects on their plate in order to complete County Square in a timely fashion so the county and developer mutually agreed to end the partnership.

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