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Multimillion-dollar project grows ahead of schedule

(Source: City of Florence webpage) (Source: City of Florence webpage)

FLORENCE, SC (WMBF) - Florence earned a municipal award for what leaders did to the property that currently houses Hope Health.

This municipal award is given by the state to reward cities for their efforts in superior innovation in several areas. The city of Florence won this year for public service.

The property in question was formally a junkyard.

Back in 2003, the city of Florence was given a grant from the Environmental Protection Agency to clean hazardous waste from the ground to prepare the land to one day house a building to help revitalize downtown.

Fast forward 13 years and that multimillion-dollar property is a reality.

Hope Health, which held its groundbreaking in 2014, is a medical facility that provides a wide arrange of healthcare options.

The project was laid out in three phases that were all scheduled to be years apart.

That time frame has shifted because of the success of the first phase, which was completed last year.

“The second phase of our building was meant to be a few years away, but because things have gone so well - we are doing well financially, we have a great relationship with banks - we have been able to go ahead and move forward with building out second phase,” said Carl Humphries, CEO of Hope Health.

The second phase, which is now three years ahead of schedule, will bring an estimated 30 to 40 new jobs to downtown Florence.

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