DORCHESTER COUNTY, SC (WCSC) – Dorchester County opened a new 1,300-acre industrial park in Saint George on Wednesday.
The project, which lasted approximately 15 years, is named “Port 95 Business Park” to highlight its location near I-95, a major distribution route used by imports arriving at the Port of Charleston.
The Port 95 business park will cost $100 million and is expected to have three specific buildings, meaning the developers are not building it specifically for a client but to rent it out.
Dorchester County Director of Economic Development John Truluck says one of the three buildings is very large at almost a million square feet. It will be the largest specification building ever constructed in Dorchester County.
Truluck says there is a shortage of produce in the county, so building this business park will help them achieve their goal of bringing new businesses to the area and local jobs. The county believes that creating more jobs where people don’t have to commute should help solve the congestion problem on I-26.
“It’s great to have concept drawings on paper, but it’s a whole other thing to see the site cleared, to see the construction equipment moving. Then the next phase is seeing the buildings go vertical, so that’s always exciting for me because then you can tell it’s not an idea anymore, it’s a reality,” says Truluck.
The county is excited to move forward with this project by letting businesses know they have upcoming products and letting the community know that jobs are on the way.
Site construction is underway and the Port 95 business park is expected to be completed in 2024.
The groundbreaking ceremony begins at 2 p.m. at 4826 Route 78 in Saint George.
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