UNION — The effort to renovate a former store building to help attract business to Main Street in Union is continuing at a cost of slightly more than $29,000.
Union City Council voted unanimously this week to award the bid for the continued stabilization of the former Super 10 building on Main Street to Kingsmore Construction for $29,193.32. The project includes the demolition of the first floor rooms, stairs and wood floor systems and then hauling it to either the landfill in Chester or in Cross Keys with the City of Union to pay the tipping fees; filling the basement will flowable fill and install block outs and brick up the door opening in the basement; and provide fill dirt.
The project will be funded with a Rural Infrastructure Fund grant from the S.C. Department of Commerce ($15,577.24); funds allocated by the City of Union ($7,300); and funds allocated by Union County ($7,300). In its vote to award the bid for the building’s continued stabilization, council also voted to accept full ownership of the building with the county transferring its interest in the property to the city in addition to allocating its share of the cost of the stabilization project.
The building, which is located at 107 E. Main St., Union, was jointly acquired by the city and the county in 2007 at a cost of $38,500 with plans top renovate it so it would remain viable as a site for business and help recruit business to the downtown area. The project is being overseen by the Union County Development Board and control of the building was turned to the Union County Chamber of Commerce which plans to list the building in a commercial database it is developing listing properties suitable for retail establishments, restaurants, professional, automotive and service businesses such as contractors. The purpose of the database is to provide a central listing of properties in order to respond to the needs of entrepreneurs wanting to open a business.
Since acquiring the building, the city and the county have both been involved in its renovation with the county using inmate labor to clean it; the city electrical crew removing the lights, suspended ceiling and HVAC system from the building. An engineer was hired to evaluate the building’s structure and stability and an environmental firm hired to evaluate the level of hazardous material in the building that would have to be removed. The environmental firm’s report indicated the presence of hazardous material in the building and recommended their removal. This in turn led to the city seeking bids for the removal of the materials and awarding the bid in 2012 to Mac Environmental, LLC for $13,615. The removal and disposal of the materials was funded with two grants the city received in 2011.
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