A new dining, retail, entertainment, lodging and residential development is planned for Orangeburg.
The $70 million development will be located on St. Matthews Road, next to Orangeburg-Calhoun Technical College. It’s near Interstate 26.
"We want special food, with special entertainment and a special lifestyle," Project Developer Andrew Silver said during the unveiling of the project Tuesday morning.
"We don't just want to create drive-ins, but we want to create a total environment for the community and for the 90,000 people who go past this exit. We want to create something special for them,” he said.
Mount Pleasant-based M&P Land LLC plans for the 50-acre development to include a business and welcoming center with high-tech executive suites; boutique restaurants; an amphitheater for movie and music nights; media center; green space; water features and two or three hotels and residential areas.
The project, called Sixo 1, will also include courtyard areas for gathering. St. Matthews Road is also known as U.S. Highway 601.
"M&P Land and the M&P Land team have an amazing opportunity in this first-class location in the county of Orangeburg," Silver said.
“We all know the location is excellent, but what is required and needed to make this development stand out above the rest is a vision, a multi-discipline team, hard work, the support of the county and the spirit to succeed,” he said.
The development could open as early as 2022.
Silver said the majority of the project will be privately funded, although road safety enhancements will require public money.
"During the course of the next five years, this development, as it organically grows, will provide in excess of 500 jobs both part-time and full-time, generate income for the city of Orangeburg by the way of utility usage, generate income for the county of Orangeburg by the way of property and business taxes and, most importantly, provide a port of destination for the community at large to enjoy,” he said.
Silver said the project will aim to create a “special lifestyle.”