Designers: Orangeburg needs to draw folks downtown

Downtown Orangeburg Revitalization Association
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Friday, June 20, 2014

ORANGEBURG, S.C. (AP) -- Supermarkets, full-service restaurants and boutiques are among the businesses that could again draw people to downtown Orangeburg.

Such amenities, as well as sprucing up and fixing dilapidated buildings, are among the suggestions that community planners say could help revitalize the city.

The Times and Democrat reports the planners shared their vision for the city on Thursday after getting suggestions this week from area residents.

The planners found that more than half of the participants in an online survey say they never shop downtown. Respondents said there needs to be more restaurants, clothing shops, boutiques and coffee shops in the downtown area.

The planners estimate the city loses more than $12 million each year because of a lack of restaurants, with people driving instead to Summerville and Charleston.

(Copyright 2014. The Associated Press.)

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