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City of Florence invests $1 million in improvements

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FLORENCE, SC (WMBF) - Florence leaders say they are taking steps to revitalize the north side of the city, investing more than $1 million into improvement projects.

Mayor Stephen Wukela says it's a multi-project effort including improvements in infrastructure and additional low to moderate income housing complexes.

McGowan Common is the newest housing unit to open. It includes 36 one to two bedroom apartments. Tenants, like Same Egleton and her son, have already moved in.

"It's a brand new apartment, energy efficient, it's very safe. It has a play ground and my son adored it," Egleton said.

The city put about $750,000 dollars in to improve the drainage system and other issues on Oakland Avenue according to Florence Mayor Stephen Wukela. The construction began in September.

"The development in the north side of town was significantly less than if you look south. There were problems with roads, water and sewer," said Mayor Wukela. "They are replacing the coverts that collapsed over decades and completely refurbishing those catch basins."

Mayor Wukela says construction should be complete by December of this year.

"I love the fact that they're trying to improve this side of town and so far so good," said Egleton.

According to the Housing Authority of Florence, there are three phases to the housing project. Phase one was McGowan Commons. Phases two and three include plans for 102 additional housing units in the same area. Phase two won't begin until the housing authority receives funding from the state which could happen as soon as January.

Mayor Wukela sees this as an economic investment in the community. Tenants have the option of renting to own

"People who are the road to owning their own properties, this will change the character of the community," said Mayor Wukela.

"This was a wonderful investment and I think a lot of citizens in Florence will appreciate this," said Egleton.

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