Councils move parking lot sale forward | News | The Press and Standard

by | September 15, 2017 5:00 am

Last Updated: September 13, 2017 at 11:34 am

The Walterboro City Council and Colleton County Council, meeting in separate sessions on Sept. 5, moved along an ordinance that will turn the county-owned parking lot on South Jefferies Boulevard over to the city and end the joint city-county ownership of the abandoned Seaboard Coastline Rail line.
City Council members gave the ordinance a first reading while county council moved the ordinance through a second reading. (City Council requires two readings of an ordinance before it can be approved; the county council requires three.)
County council gave the ordinance a first reading at the joint city-county council session held Aug. 30. Prior to the passage, city and county officials discussed the proposal in executive session.
The early first reading by county council enables both councils to pass the ordinance during their October regular meetings.
The ordinance would have the county sell the public parking lot in the 100 block of Jefferies Boulevard to the city for $100,000.
The lot would continue to provide free public parking. The city sought ownership of the lot to give the architects working on the proposed Walterboro Discovery Center more flexibility in their design work.
Having access to the parking lot will allow the designers to repurpose the existing, inadequate parking lot on the site of the proposed Walterboro Discovery Center in the old Glover Motors building.
Consideration is being given to turning that parking area into a plaza that would mimic the plaza the city has at the intersection of East Washington Street and Jefferies Boulevard.
The area could also be used as an outdoor learning center for the Discovery Center.
The ordinance will also end the joint ownership of the Seaboard Coastline rail line. The city will have sole ownership of the portions of the abandoned rail line within Walterboro city limits, and the county will have sole ownership of the portion of the rail line located in the unincorporated areas of the county.
Council Administrator Kevin Griffin said the joint ownership of the rail line proved cumbersome because both the city and council had to pass measures to address any issues.

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