Lexington promotes technology area

03/03/2014 8:08 PM

03/03/2014 8:08 PM

Lexington is looking to attract more firms to its small technology area on the south side of town, Mayor Steve MacDougall said Monday.

Development of a “full-fledged high technology industry corridor” near I-20 and S.C. 6 is one of Town Hall’s top goals in coming months, he said.

That vision for the 35-acre site was outlined in his first State of the Town speech Monday.

The tract now is home only for Avtec, a communications technology company that moved there last year.

MacDougall pledged to work with state and county officials and private developers to encourage more firms to settle on the site.

County leaders also are turning a 220-acre site in Chapin into another home for technology companies, but its opening isn’t expected before 2016.

The effort to expand its technology hub is one of two steps for economic development Lexington is taking.

An effort to encourage renovation at stores and offices downtown also will be expanded, MacDougall said.

Firms along Lake Drive are joining those along Main Street as eligible for aid for improving their storefronts, he said.

That step adds a few dozen to the 110 businesses that now qualify.

It’s an investment that pays off in revitalizing the community’s oldest commercial hub, MacDougall said.

So far, 10 stores and offices have received $5,000 each in assistance, with $25,000 due to be awarded to five more this spring, officials said.

The aid has spurred nearly $600,000 in improvements that “help promote beautification,” MacDougall aid.

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