WEDC provided $534,000 toward the redevelopment of the 27-acre Royster-Clark site. The site was developed by Ruedebusch Development in partnership with Stonehouse Development, with new development including apartments aimed at low-income and disabled residents, commercial development and the construction of a library. Veridian Homes is also looking at developing 57 lots of single-family housing as a second phase of the project.
WEDC contributed $30,000 toward the $120,000 final phase of the regional arts center project. This project incorporated a variety of elements central to the arts district project, including a central parking lot and historic mural. The project was part of a National Endowment for the Arts project and was the final public element of the arts district, which included restoration of the Pump House itself and development of the Weber Center for the Public Arts. Since the completion of the district, proposals have come forward for all remaining undeveloped parcels in the district, including $22 million in new investment and 70 new jobs with employers including Pitschke Motors, Hilton Home2 Suites and the Fairfield Inn.
WEDC contributed $5,000 toward a $20,000 feasibility study for renovating and reopening the historic riverfront Steamboat Inn. Following the study, a development partner was identified and the historic properties were demolished to make way for a four-story, mixed-use, 83,000-square-foot project planned to include a restaurant and banquet facility as well as a parking garage, retail and office space, condominiums and a rooftop patio and pool.
WEDC contributed $235,000 toward the $3 million downtown redevelopment project. The project allowed Ace Hardware to open in a converted warehouse, and created space for a new NAPA Auto Parts to open in the community while retaining five existing tenants and recruiting three new, smaller tenants, which benefit from improved space and visibility. The project created a combined 30 additional jobs.