2019 SC COGS Conference – Project of the Year Award

Project Title: City of Union – Main Street Junction & Downtown Streetscape Improvements

Project Summary:  This multi-year, multi-phased project totaled $2,141,609 in direct investment in downtown Union. The first phase, Main Street Junction, was completed in November 2016 at a cost of $1,590,227 and successfully delivered a first-class venue for the use and enjoyment of the greater Union community. This was the City’s first design-build project and includes a renovated 10,000 s.f. Main Street building, new ½-acre ornamental park and outdoor patio.  The primary funding for this phase was from a TIF district General Obligation bond and fire insurance proceeds. Several events from fundraisers to weddings to class reunions to statewide conferences have already been held at Main Street Junction and bookings typically are made a year in advance due to the popularity of the venue.  The second phase, N. Pinckney & N. Gadberry Streetscape project, was completed in March 2018 at a cost of $551,382 with $490,284 in funding from the CDBG program. This project replaced sidewalks around a full city block, added lighting, handicapped accessible slopes at corners, installed irrigation and landscaping, paved and striped the city parking lots within the block and established a trash collection point for the block.