Aiken could soon seek Jackson Petroleum property redevelopers (2024)

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The former Jackson Petroleum properties could soon be redeveloped.

The Aiken City Council discussed issuing a request for proposals seeking developers interested in the properties located at102,114and118 Williamsburg St. SEat its June 10 meeting.

A request for proposal is a document in which a governmental entity, like the city of Aiken, seeks a private entity to complete a project.

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The properties have been abandoned for years but there have been many uses of the property since 1899. Those uses include residential dwellings, offices, oil companies, automobile repair shops and service stations, filling stations, warehouses for cotton and oil, and city stablesaccording to a draft request for proposals included with thecity council agenda.

The city acquired the properties totaling around 2 acres when the city council dissolved the Aiken Municipal Development Commission last year. The AMDC acquired the properties in 2021 as part of an effort to redevelop the area.

The properties could become either a mixed-use commercial development or a multi-family development (apartments) according to the draft request for proposals. There are four dilapidated structures on the site, one of which may be able to be redeveloped, according to the draft request for proposals.

There is a "brownfield" on the site. If an apartment complex is built there, the parking lot would be built over it.

Either type of development would require the developer to include parking spaces and to build around plans for a one-way driveway to connect Williamsburg Street's northbound lane to the southbound lane of Marlboro Street.

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Mayor Pro Tempore Ed Girardeau suggested the driveway should be enlarged to include additional parking for the farmers market.

City Manager Stuart Bedenbaugh said the city could return to the road's designer and ask him to examine how much more space an expanded driveway would take. He estimated that angled parking would result in the addition of more than 20 spaces.

Councilman Ed Woltz, who owns properties south of the Jackson Petroleum properties, said the city would have to install a concrete island to prevent people unfamiliar with the city's parkways from making a left-hand turn and heading north on the southbound side of Marlboro Street.

Woltz and Councilwoman Lessie Price suggested the project could be expanded to include streetscape improvements to Marlboro Street, provided the South Carolina Department of Transportation would agree to deed the road over to the city.

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Bedenbaugh said the department "would love" to deed the road over. He estimated it would take six months for the road to be deeded over.

Price said she was concerned that the driveway would take too much of the property and make it less attractive for developers.

Girardeau, a longtime real estate professional, said it would have the opposite effect because businesses are always on the hunt for more parking.

Girardeau made a motion to continue the discussion to allow the city to update the design to include angled parking.

Woltz seconded his motion.

Bedenbaugh added the city could return with an amended design at its meetings June 24 or July 8.


Matthew Christian

Aiken Standard reporter

Matthew Christian is a reporter for the Aiken Standard. He covers the Savannah River Site, city of Aikenand politics.

Matthew previously covered government and politics for the Morning News in Florence. He is a graduate of the University of South Carolina School of Law and the University of Charleston in West Virginia.

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