The South Carolina State Ports Authority’s (SPA) $35 million inland port in Greer is inching closer to include vs. in its moniker as in – SCSPA vs. Nordic Cold Storage, LLC.
The SPA came out with its heavy artillery today – issuing a formal statement, a proclamation and resolution – explaining why it is pursuing the power of eminent domain to end a lease with 11 years remaining with the storage company.
CONDEMNATION OF REMAINDER OF LEASEHOLD INTEREST ON PORTS AUTHORITY
This is the South Carolina State Ports Authority presentation in regards to th Nordic Cold Storage Facility.
Nordic Cold Storage Facility – Greer, SC
The South Carolina State Ports Authority (SPA) is threatening to use the power of eminent domain to end a lease with a storage company that is refusing to leave on property planned for a $35 million inland port in Greer.
The Charleston Post and Courier reported the SPA needs property leased by Nordic Cold Storage, headquartered in Atlanta, a warehouse that operates on three acres of property near the middle of the planned inland port.
When the work of Norfolk & Southern is completed at the South Carolina Inland Port (SCIP) in Greer, it will consist of 2,600-feet of working tracks to the railroad’s mail line, plus 5,200 feet of storage tracks with room for future expansions.
One rail spur has been removed in front of the South Carolina Ports Authority (SCPA) warehouse that was demolished last week. A second spur remains intact that leads to Nordic, a cool-storage facility that is used by Blue Bell ice cream. It will soon be demolished.
The GSP Airport Commission approved Monday the negotiation with Greer Commission of Public Works (CPW) to lease up to five acres of District property for an electrical substation, plus additional property for a transmission line corridor.
Commissioners authorized Dave Edwards, President and CEO of the Greenville-Spartanburg International Airport District, to negotiate and finalize the agreement. CPW’s long-term lease would be 10 percent ($2,850) of the sales value of ($28,500) per acre.
Railroad tracks were pulled up, a warehouse demolished and grading continued in the first full week of activity since groundbreaking March 1 at the site of the Inland Port in Greer.
A warehouse on the port property was demolished and cleared this week with railroad tracks serviced by Norfolk & Southern removed that led to the storage building. The foundation is scheduled to be taken up next week.
By Hal Johnson
The Upstate SC Alliance had a great year in 2012, as did the Upstate of South Carolina. Those are not exclusive statements. And to be honest, we think 2013 is going to be even better.
This is some reaction from business leaders from the greater Greer area and around the state on the significance of the South Carolina Inland Port.
“There have been a lot of trains come and go on this track since that maiden trip 130 years ago, but none will be more significant than the first one to pull into and out of this port later this year.”
Greer Mayor Rick Danner's remarks at the South Carolina Inland Port groundbreaking ceremony.
That’s the label Greer Mayor Rick Danner put on today’s groundbreaking ceremonies at the $35 million Inland Port that is being constructed on East Poinsett Street.