ANDERSON, S.C. (WSPA) — In 2019, the city of Anderson developed a master plan for its downtown.

“That really guided a lot of what we’ve done over the last several years to bring life, activity and development to our downtown to really impact our economy but also bring community to our downtown,” said Andrew Strickland, Anderson’s Assistant City Manager.

Four years later, Strickland said the city is working on one of the final pieces of that plan – turning a nine-acre property along Murray Avenue into a 160-unit apartment complex.

Crews will begin construction on five new apartment buildings this Spring. A former Chem-Tex building on the property will also be renovated into apartments.

“That’s going to house about 13 loft-style apartment units – really neat high ceilings, exposed brick and exposed wood — as well as a community room and outdoor pool,” explained Strickland.

Located one block from Main Street, the city expects the community to bring new life to downtown Anderson.

“At the end of the project, it’s going to see a huge impact to downtown — potentially 300 new residents eating, shopping and just hanging out downtown,” said Strickland.

Samantha Snook, a manager of E City Java, told 7NEWS she is excited to see what the new development will bring to the community.

“I think it’s great,” said Snook. “I love our downtown. I like to see it growing.”

Strickland said construction is expected to take 12 to 18 months to complete.