UNION — The City of Union is moving forward with its strategic plan according to Mayor Harold Thompson.
At the Feb. 21 Union City Council meeting, Council Member Vicki Morgan put forth a proposed strategic plan that outlined the steps she feels council should take to prepare for the city’s future. The proposed plan addresses a variety of issues including housing for students attending USC Union; the reopening of Boyce Street to traffic; possible future uses for the Union Medical Center when it relocates to a new facility to be built on US 176; filming council meetings; and both the public and the members of city council sharing their thoughts/visions on the future of the city.
While Morgan’s strategic plan is, at the present time, a proposal, the city already has a strategic plan in place according to Thompson, who explained Monday that the plan was developed in March 2016 with input from all council members who were in office at the time. (Morgan, who was elected to council in November 2016, was not in office at the time the city’s strategic plan was developed.) Thompson said that each member of council made recommendations on the projects they felt the city should undertake to address what they felt were the most pressing needs of the community. He said those recommendations also included ideas from the constituents in each council member’s district. The plan that emerged from that process includes the following 11 projects:
• Continue infrastructure improvements to the Monarch Mill Village in cooperation with Union County.
• Infrastructure improvements to McBeth Street, Foster Street, Carson Street, and Cornwell Street.
• Continue revitalization in the Union Mill Village.
• Demolition of dilapidated houses citywide.
• Upgrades of sidewalks, water and sewer services, and drainage.
• Continue activities to support economic development in order to create jobs for low- to moderate-income disabled and elderly citizens.
• Roadway safety improvements.
• Continued enforcement of property maintenance.
• Apply for neighborhood revitalization grant for the Carson Street and Cornwell Street area.
• Drainage and sewer upgrades for the May Street and Cabin Street area.
• Promote fair housing opportunities for all citizens.
Thompson said that the Cabin Street project has been completed; the Union Mill Village project will soon be wrapping up; the sewer upgrade for Cornwell Street has been completed; work on McBeth Street is continuing; work on Foster Street wil soon get under way; and the Monarch Mill Village project is complete along with a similar project in Ottaray.
In addition, Thompson pointed out that single-family and multi-family housing is under construction on the old Union Mill site.
As part of implementation of its strategic plan Thompson said the city has completed or is in the process of completing a number of Community Development Block Grant (CDBG), Neighborhood Improvement Program (NIP), and demolition projects.
• 100 Third Avenue — Abatement done and ready for demolition
• 107 Hicks Street — Abatement done and ready for demolition
• 201 Lawson Avenue — Abatement done and ready for demolition
• 210 Fike Avenue — Abatement in progress
• 302 Third Avenue — Next to abate
• 105 Axel Street — Closed
• 105 Lybrand Street — Closed
• 109 Williams Street — Closed
• 113 Lybrand Street — Closed
• 121 Marcellus Street — Closed
• 220 Walker Heights — Closed
• 310 Gage Avenue — Closed
• 103 Lakeview Heights — In process
• 110 Highland Drive — In process
• 111 Lybrand Street — In process
• 1210 North Pinckney Street — In process
• 206 Walnut Street — In process
• 310 Spring Street — In process
• 403 Gage Avenue — In process
• 813 West Main Street — In process
• 405 Blassingame Street — Complete
• 214 Richards Street — In progress
• 118 Cornwell Street — In process
• 117 Arthur Boulevard — Complete
• 317 South Church Street — Complete
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This $500,000 infrastructure project undertaken by the City of Union in 2016 involved the installation of a new sewer system at the corner of Lybrand and Blassingame streets. The project, which involved the installation of the new sewer system which serves several surrounding streets and new sidewalks, is part of the City of Union’s efforts to revitalize the Union Mill Village area. Revitalization of the Union Mill Village is part of the city’s strategic plan which was developed in 2016.
Charles Warner can be reached at 864-762-4090.