City gets $409K grant for water line to business park

The city of Lancaster has been awarded a $409,000 grant to help improve infrastructure off S.C. 9.
The grant is from the S.C. Rural Infrastructure Authority and will pay almost half the cost of the project. The city is extending water lines at Air Rail Business Park off S.C. 9 to help keep up with the extension of roads being conducted by the county, according to City Administrator Flip Hutfles.
“We want to try to make sure we get infrastructure out there and make the park more attractive,” he said.
The line extension will help improve water quantity and water pressure. The total cost of the project is expected to be $861,000, with the city’s part coming from its gross revenue fund.
Hutfles said as infrastructure expands in that area of Lancaster, he is hopeful more businesses will follow.
“It is one of those things that if you don’t have it (water lines) out there, you won’t attract anybody,” he said.
The grant states that the city has two years to complete the project. Hutfles said that if it proceeds without any problems, it should be done in a year.

By Mac Banks, Staff Reporter with The Lancaster News