Laurens County Councilman-elect David Tribble’s Idea About Whitten Center.
Why Whitten Center Should Make Excess Property Available for Development
From David Tribble, Candidate for
Laurens County Council, issued
before the Republican Primary
Clinton is being strategically abandoned by Whitten Center’s state leadership.
Clients, employees and money have all been moved away from Clinton to local communities spread throughout the state. There is no future need for the state to hold the thousand acres that once seemed like prudent planning. No, the future benefit to the state and to Clinton is better placed in the hands of Clinton’s economic development team to redevelop the excess property in a way that generates jobs, taxes, residential opportunities and recreational opportunities.
The excess property includes more than a half dozen brick ranch style houses on nice lots. These lots are easily accessible to the town and to schools. They could be easily segmented from the Whitten campus. The homes once housed staff members. Currently they are deteriorating. A new roof on a couple of the houses signals that the homes are still costing money to Whitten, but producing no value to the clients. This property should be segmented and sold at market price to a developer who wants to renovate these homes and to create a new neighborhood for Clinton.
If you were to see a map of the Whitten campus, you would be shocked at how big it is. It runs from the entrance on the Clinton Joanna Highway past I-26. There are two beautiful lakes on the backside of the property near the interstate.
In addition to the property’s being a possible economic development site, the recreation possibilities are endless. There could be walkingtrails and off-road bicycling opportunities. The property could be connected to the City recreational property recently acquired on Highway 56 by a bicycle lane on the frontage road.
The property intersects with Highway 72 at the I-26 exit. Having property to develop, this close to our envisioned widening of Highway 72, makes the possibilities very appealing.
Imagine a map of the upstate, with 5 four lane highways starring out from Clinton, with the Whitten lakes and interstate frontage available for development. We need local officials who can excite our non-resident legislators about the possibilities and convince them that the local leadership is determined to make this happen.
I will be a leader for Clinton and Joanna on the County Council. I need your support in this election.
David Tribble, Jr. (Republican) -- announced for office in April, 2020; won the Republican Primary election of June 9, 2020; won election to Laurens County Council, Seat 7, Nov. 3, 2020, will take office in January, 2021.