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Monday, March 29, 2010

Bass Pro Shop in SC, Magnolia Park, Greenville Federal Courthouse, Northwest Park, Updating Kid's Planet

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New Debate on Bass Pro Shop Legislation

FishingThe state legislation to lure a Bass Pro Shops "type of extraordinary retailer" to the Upstate with large tax incentives is still on the table despite opposition that killed it on the House floor earlier this month. Legislators are reconsidering the bill if such a mega retailer can be held accountable for their end of the bargain. The bill allows the retailer to use 75% of the sales tax they generate over 20 years to pay for their infrastructure and buildings. In return, they must build within two miles of an interstate highway, attract at least 2 million visitors per year with at least 35% of them coming from more than 50 miles away, plus spend more that $50 million in development.

Magnolia Park Plans

A proposed mall at Highway 14 and I-85 that is currently stalled has been the most talked about site for an extraordinary retailer. Now, the developers of Magnolia Park on Woodruff Road see their site as a viable option and have jumped in, promoting the bill. Magnolia Park is the site of the former Greenville Mall which is largely empty now, but on the verge of an upswing and near the flourishing activity of Woodruff Road. Rooms to Go is finishing up construction of their new building at Magnolia Park which is anchored by Regal Cinemas, Costco, Bed Bath & Beyond, and Old Navy.

Greenville Federal Courthouse Location Finalized

The new federal courthouse in downtown Greenville has been announced after more than a year of debate over the proper site. And the winner is… across the street from the Greenville County courthouse on East North Street, where a parking lot currently exists. Since the lot is relatively small, the building will probably be fairly tall, but will fit into the City's master plan. The lot was chosen over the AGFA office at Academy and W. Washington because of a more central location to legal professionals, parking, and the current courthouse.

Northwest Park Mega Sports Complex

The Greenville County Recreation District recently opened a new mega sports complex at Greenville Tech's Northwest campus on White Horse Road. The partnership between the two groups has really produced a gem of a facility and includes four Little League baseball fields, a collegiate baseball field, and two football / soccer fields. There is also a two story structure that houses a scoring tower, restrooms and concessions. Greenville Tech donated 38 acres of its campus and the county funded most of the expense out of the hospitality tax.

Updating Kid's PlanetGreenville County Playground
If you have kids in the Greer SC area, chances are you've been to the Kid's Planet at Century Park. The popular playground features an elaborate wooden structure with multiple walkways, towers, portals, ladders, and swings. Kids love the wild scrambling hide-n-seek that typically ensues. The park is now 10 years old and needs a bit of maintenance, so this year's Leadership Greer class is organizing a volunteer day to spruce things up. On April 17, the equipment will be brought up to code, the wood resealed, and all the sand and mulch replaced. If you don’' make the cleanup day, be sure to check it out afterward; it's a classic shady park setting with sure fire fun for the kids and adults alike.

Greenville SC WeatherCurrent Weather
Spring showers have been here for the last week, but it looks like clear weather is headed our way this week. Expect highs in the 70s and lows in the 40s after rain on Monday.