GOOSE CREEK, SC (WCSC) - A major redevelopment project is underway in the City of Goose Creek to create a downtown business district. City leaders have plans for the area between Highways 52 and 176.
"I hope we have stores and shops and jobs and recreation. I hope people are walking, biking, hiking, and buying, and just enjoying downtown Goose Creek," Mayor Michael Heitzler said.
City leaders have been working since the mid-90s to create a downtown destination for residents and visitors. Construction has been going on for two years so far. At Central Avenue, crews have put in new sidewalks, crosswalks, and hidden utility lines.
Crews are also redeveloping Brandywine and Thomason Boulevards. There are also plans for new development near the city's water tower.
"Make a headquarters fire station there," Councilman John McCants said. "The city will begin to spread out and people will continue to come in and enjoy the beauty."
The mayor says downtown Goose Creek includes the municipal complex and community center, and he says eventually he'd like to see more people use these bike trails and paths to connect to other parts of the city.
Residents say they're enjoying what the city has to offer now, and they look forward to changes.
"It helps us keep in shape, gives us more opportunities to have jobs, just good living conditions," Greg Chancley said.
City leaders say in the future a vibrant downtown will be a win-win for all.
The ongoing improvements to downtown Goose Creek did not require the city to raise taxes; instead the city is using taxes paid in that specific area, known as a Tax Increment Finance (TIF) district.
The City of Goose Creek is the 12th largest city in the state with 38,000 residents.