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Grand openings and development in sight for 2018

December 31, 2017

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FLORENCE, S.C. – As 2018 rolls into sight, so do groundbreakings, grand openings and ribbon cuttings for long-awaited projects.

Some of the most notable projects that will be completed in 2018 include Florence County’s $32 million judicial center on North Irby Street and the $16 million expansion of the Florence Civic Center.

Pee Dee residents can expect to see a healthy number of groundbreaking ceremonies for expansion projects announced in 2017 by manufacturers.

Those might include the $40 million GE Healthcare expansion, a $79 million Ruiz Foods expansion, a $35 million McCall Farms expansion and a $470 million upgrade to WestRock.

Officials involved in economic development in the region have said there will be similar announcements in the coming year.

Also on the radar for 2018 are upgrades and additions to the city of Florence’s parks and recreation system.

The Florence City Council approved a funding mechanism for a $15 million plan to revamp city parks and add new recreational facilities. That plan includes community centers at Maple Park and at Iola Jones Park, a $6.8 million baseball complex and a $1.5 million track facility.