VIDEO: This university in South Carolina is repurposing an old building for $5.6 million to help revitalize the downtown area

On April 8, 2022 in South Carolina, the Orangeburg County Council approved a second reading for Claflin University‘s request to revitalize the Kress Building in downtown Orangeburg.

This downtown revitalization project is expected to cost some $5.6 million.

The goal is to bring more foot traffic into downtown and so the more foot traffic, or vehicle traffic we can get into downtown, then there’s opportunity for those individuals to visit their businesses and there could be some opportunity for us to collaborate with those businesses already down there,” said Claflin University CFO Tijuana Hudson.

Claflin University has already landed $3 million in federal funding for the project, and wants the facility to become a resource for both new and existing businesses.

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