City chooses contractor to renovate Main St. building

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Space will house USCL Catawba pottery collection

By Jesef Williams

The city of Lancaster has decided which company will oversee the transformation of the former downtown Badcock store to an Native American art gallery.

City Council voted 6-1 at its April 24 meeting to award a bid to Perception Builders of Lancaster. For $746,488, the company will renovate the building, at 119 S. Main St., which will be used by the University of South Carolina Lancaster.

Councilwoman Linda Blackmon-Brace cast the dissenting vote. She said she’s not opposed to the project, but voted against it because she didn’t get a chance to review all of the bid documents, according the meeting minutes.

DC Development & Construction LLC, at $781,604, cast the other bid.

USCL will use the space as a gallery to display its Catawba Indian pottery collection. The building will also house classroom lectures, an archaeological lab, seminars and other community functions.

“I believe it will bring new energy to our downtown area by attracting tourists, students and scholars,” said Lancaster City Administrator Helen Sowell. “Our citizens and tourists will benefit through educational opportunities, public programs, exhibits and other events that center around the Native American cultural theme.”

The renovations will be paid through the city’s hospitality tax fund. In addition to this bid amount, the city will also replace the building’s roof.

Sowell said the work will begin around May 10 and will be done by July 31.

USCL Dean Dr. John Catalano said he plans for archives and classrooms, as well as faculty, to be in the building before the start of the upcoming fall semester.

Road repairs

Also at its April 24 meeting, City Council members decided which roads they’d like to see selected for repairs by the County Transportation Committee.

Following are the two lists of submitted roads, which are ranked in order of worst condition and separated by those maintained by the state or the city:

 – State roads – Rock Street, Clinton Avenue, Hampton Road, Hughes Street, Crestfield Drive, Azalea Road, Hudson Street (Chester Street to city limits), Taylor Street, Dunlap Street (Hughes Street to Willowlake Road), French Street, Springs Street ( Clinton Avenue to White), Hawthorne Road, Plantation Road (South) Shrine Club Road to Springdale Road, Isom Street and Survey Street.

– City roads – Fowler Road, Gladstone Road, Alleys between Arch Street, Williams Street and Catawba Street, Clinton School Road, Anderson Drive (end of state maintenance to Clark Place), High Lane and Hill Street


Contact reporter Jesef Williams at (803) 283-1152