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CPW planning new substation for east side of Greer

Utility will provide Inland Port with all its utilities

By Jim Fair, Editor
Published on Monday, February 25, 2013

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Clary Hood Inc. is executing a $1.8 million contract for the clearing of trees on 113.9 acres on property owned by the South Carolina Port Authority and Greenville-Spartanburg International Airport in Greer.

Clary Hood Inc. is executing a $1.8 million contract for the clearing of trees on 113.9 acres on property owned by the South Carolina Port Authority and Greenville-Spartanburg International Airport in Greer.



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This chain linked fence has been removed and the land is being cleared where the $34 million Inland Port is being built. The entrance to the port authority land at Hwy. 290 will be closed off this week.

This chain linked fence has been removed and the land is being cleared where the $34 million Inland Port is being built. The entrance to the port authority land at Hwy. 290 will be closed off this week.

General Manager Nick Stegall told CPW commissioners today of the need for a $3.5 million substation, “as soon as possible” to service customers on the east side of Greer, South Carolina Port Authority’s (SCPA) Inland Port and its anticipated ancillary industries and manufacturing facilities.

Stegall acknowledged to GreerToday.com the decision for the substation was facilitated with the port locating in Greer. “It is in our territory so we expected we would be the one servicing it,” Stegall said. The SCPA notified Stegall last week and he forwarded the news to the commissioners.

Commission Chairman Eugene Gibson said a resolution approved purchase of property as needed. Stegall said the substation project would take 1.5 – 2 years.

“We will be able to reduce some of the load from other areas and help provide more and quicker service to that side of town,” Stegall told commissioners.

Commissioner Perry Williams said CPW, “Will go underground with all its electrical, including high voltage, cables. We will be putting in a nice system for them (SCPA) and we’re capable of providing all their utilities.”

SCPA has approved $34 million for the Inland Port, to be built off Hwy. 290 and J. Verne Smith Parkway, adjacent to GSP. It will link Charleston’s port and Greer by rail, extending the port’s reach to South Carolina by 220 miles. Port officials project 25,000 trucks to be taken off the state’s highways.

The Greenville-Spartanburg International Airport commissioners authorized Dave Edwards, GSP District President, on Jan. 23, to finalize an agreement with the SCPA for the sale and/or lease of additional Airport District Property at $28,500 per acre.

The port is projected to need approximately 60 total acres, more than its initial request for 40-50 acres.

Clary Hood Inc. is executing a $1.8 million contract for the clearing of trees on 113.9 acres.

The SCPA will hold a groundbreaking Friday at the site located off Hwy. 290. The layout of the facilities, additional Norfolk Southern train tracks and new S.C. Department of Transportation road ferrying vehicles into and out of the port are expected to be part of the announcement.

The entry to the Inland Port property at Hwy. 290 will be closed permanently this week. When open, traffic will enter off of Hwy. 80, the J. Verne Smith Parkway.

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