SPARTANBURG, SC (WSPA) – Spartanburg’s Westside Gateway Project is underway as the city aims to give visitors a positive first impression.
Dilapidated buildings and condemn signs are just some of what people see when they drive into the west side of Spartanburg. City officials say it is time to change that.
A new corridor project will change the face of Spartanburg’s Westside.
Some old abandoned buildings, damaged by last year’s tornado, could be refurbished, while the search is on for new businesses to occupy space.
“I think it will invite more people to the city to see what Spartanburg really, really looks like,” Miss Fannie’s Hotdogs owner Fannie Williams said.
Fannie Williams started Miss Fannie’s Hotdogs after losing her job last year. The city approved her to operate right in the heart of the new developments. It’s business like Williams’ that the city wants to help thrive.
“Business owners who are trying to locate in Spartanburg… They come to Spartanburg through our corridors and they’re very, very visible,” Spartanburg Director of Neighborhood Services Martin Livingston said.
The master plan calls for improvements to all seven corridors with upgrades in public transportation, employment opportunities, street scape upgrades and even refurbishing some of the buildings.
“Maybe even give the abandoned building tax credit – I believe is a half million dollars. That can help make the improvements to the property,” Livingston said.
The hope is that the improvements will look just as nice as the developments on the Northside of Spartanburg.
“I ride through there sometimes now, and if they could do that throughout the city, that would be great,” Williams said.
Just outside of the designated corridors city officials plan to put a trail connection which will allow people to walk from one side of the city to the other.