Development projects in I-85 area can unlock development potential

January 15, 2013 by  

With the development of the future South Carolina Inland Port, the expansion of the Greenville-Spartanburg International Airport, and the expansion of the BMW Manufacturing Company all taking place in the Spartanburg area of South Carolina, more than 250 acres of private land will become available along Interstate 85 to serve as a hub for manufacturing and distribution.

The anchor project of the area is the development of an inland port, which will encompass a 100-mile range to include such cities as Atlanta, Asheville, Charlotte, Knoxville, and Spartanburg and an additional 500-mile range to reach Baltimore, Tampa, Florida, and St. Louis. Construction on the project will begin this month and is expected to be completed by September 1.

The airport, meanwhile, is planning to open around 1,500 acres of land for development, adjacent to the inland port for retail, hospitality, industrial, and other properties. In November, the commission for the airport adopted a land-use plan that will serve as a guide for private organizations to develop the land. There is currently no financing for preparing the area for construction and no specific timetable.

In addition, BMW has invested $900m to expand its facilities in the area to increase the production of its vehicles and launch a new model – the X4. About 1,000 people are expected to be hired in the process, which could also trickle through the supplier network for the automobile maker in the Upstate area.

Flyer printing and poster printing is most likely being used by the South Carolina State Ports Authority to make the public aware of the project in the area and how it can contribute to the benefit of the economy.