GEORGETOWN COUNTY, SC (WCSC) - National experts are headed to Georgetown to brainstorm a new vision for the old ArcelorMittal steel mill site, according to a press release. The mill employed hundreds of workers until it closed in the summer of 2015. The press release states city and county leaders hope a transformation of the area will boost the local economy in a new way.
A spokesperson for Georgetown Co. confirmed experts convened by the Urban Land Institute will visit the city of Georgetown and Georgetown county next week to advise local leaders on how to transform these 150 acres. The site holds the former steel mill as well as the Port of Georgetown.
Experts will focus on redeveloping the area into a place that showcases Georgetown and enhances economic growth. Another goal is to brainstorm how the area can become a place that will benefit surrounding neighborhoods as well as attract new businesses and residents.
"If they could take this whole area and tear it down and make it something...for the kids and give them something to do after school, that'd be a big help, especially for Georgetown," Robert Dozier, resident, said.
"Anything as far as urban development is concerned that would further improve the vitality of this area. It's very refreshing to see unlike so many small towns that this place has managed to thrive and become a tourist attraction," Mack McLaurin, resident of Georgetown Co., said. "Anything we can do to enhance that position for Georgetown would be fantastic. I think there's potential there for a lot of things."
A public town hall will be held Monday, Sept. 19 at 5 p.m. in the Howard Auditorium at 1610 Hawkins Street. The panels recommendations will be presented at 8:30 a.m. Friday, Sept. 23 at the Winyah Auditorium, 1200 Highmarket St. in Georgetown.
Georgetown officials are encouraging the public to also weigh in online via a survey.
An ArcelorMittal spokesperson released the following statement Friday:
"ArcelorMittal confirms that its former wire rod facility in Georgetown, S.C. is for sale, and we are evaluating credible interest from potential buyers. We hope to see the property transformed into a more productive use."