Kershaw to flip property from water supplier to pancake maker

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By Greg Summers

KERSHAW – Call it a win-win for town residents and town hall.
It appears that Kershaw is getting a Huddle House on East Second Street near Kershaw-Camden Highway next year, and the town is putting a piece of property back on the county tax rolls.
Kershaw Town Council voted unanimously Monday night on first reading to sell the .23-acre tract, known as the old Springs Mill Water Plant property, to Los Angeles-based BAM Ventures for $1.
“As I understand it, they hope to be flipping pancakes and scrambling eggs by Jan. 1. We always welcome new business and this is going to be a big addition, especially on the north side of town,” Dorman said.
While the property isn’t in the Kershaw corporate town limits, the town owns it.
Tax records show Springs deeded the $9,200 lot to the town in March 1975.
Kershaw Mayor Mark Dorman said council plans to explore getting the property annexed into the town limits.
“We will be supplying them with water and sewer service,” he said.
Under the agreement, the property is being sold “as is,” which means BAM Ventures will be responsible for the removal of a tank and a structure on the property.
At one time, the tank supplied water for the sprinkler system at Springs Industries’ Kershaw Plant.
The almost 377,000-square-foot textile mill opened in 1914. Springs sold the plant to Ostrow Textiles in June 1998. The abandoned mill was torn down in January 2013.
“We’re hopeful that this could be the catalyst to develop and spruce up the north end of town,” Dorman said. “I can tell you it’s certainly a great start.”    

Plans in review
The Lancaster County Building Department completed its preliminary site plan review of the property July 12 and forwarded the review to the county’s planning department.
The county’s Technical Review Committee (TRC), which is comprised of local utility providers and the S.C. Department of Transportation, as well as various county departments, is now reviewing the restaurant plans.
The county is trying to help developers determine if it’s possible to leave the beautiful hardwood trees fronting the property or if they have to be removed.
If the trees can be preserved, the main entrance to Huddle House would be built on the East 2nd Street side instead of Kershaw-Camden Highway. 
Lancaster County Planning Department Director Penelope G. Karagounis said the TRC study should be completed by early fall.
Kershaw Town Council will hold a special meeting at 7 p.m. Monday at town hall to consider second reading of the property sale.       

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