Mayor delivers State of the City of Florence

FLORENCE, SC (WMBF) - Rebirth was the theme for Florence Mayor Stephen Wukela's State of the City address, on Thursday.

The mayor said the revitalization currently taking place in downtown Florence is comparable to what happened in the city back in the 1920's.

"It's over $130 million worth of commitments or investments, or projects that are already complete," said City of Florence Mayor Stephen Wukela. And that was just within the past five years. Florence Mayor Stephen Wukela set the tone of growth at his State of the City address today.

"What we're seeing now is the second stage of those private investments really coming in with a passion," said Wukela.

Projects, like the $10 million in renovations coming soon to three buildings along North Dargan Street. These buildings will be home to downtown's first apartments, a sauce manufacture and a restaurant.

"We are experiencing an era that is comparable to our rebirth and it's exciting," said Wukela.

"A lot of people think that it's kind of gone, but there are things that are coming back to Florence and I'm glad to see it," said AJ Prosser.

A lot of people shared this opinion, but they all also agree there is a need for more parking in the downtown area.

"One thing they probably need to change, if they can, is make that road a little wider going through or change the way people are parked," said John Evans.

Parking has become a growing concern for city leaders as well, right now the city is taking bids by contractors to build two parking decks.

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