JOHNSONVILLE, S.C. -- Growth, communication and improving infrastructure have been three top areas of progress in Johnsonville over the past year.

Construction began on two new housing developments, the city launched a new website and the water system continued to expand and offer service to residents in outlying areas.

Six new single-family homes are under construction in Persimmon Fields, a subdivision on the south side of town. Wade Jurney Homes is building the one- and two-story homes and has plans to build more homes in the neighborhood.

Another housing development is Yorkshire at The Providence located on Chapman Drive. There are 37 brand-new multi-family units available for lease. It includes a 1,200-square-foot community room, an exercise room, a laundry room, computer room and an ADA accessible playground.

Yorkshire at the Providence is a tax-credit-funded community and has income restrictions. All tenants are screened through background checks and credit reports.

We are thrilled about these development projects, as they will increase housing options for residents and boost the local economy. Many of our citizens who are currently living in substandard conditions will have these new housing options available.

Another tool we hope will give Johnsonville an economic boost is our new website. Residents, visitors and potential industrialists can visit and learn about the city and what we have to offer. A new “Business” section gives demographics and other information on economic development, and local businesses can learn about obtaining or renewing a business license or joining our local Chamber of Commerce.

Water customers can pay their bills online through the website and visit the “Residents” page to get more information on area churches, local festivals, educational opportunities and things to do in the region. Links of Interest are included to offer easy access to websites of local utilities, government agencies and nonprofit organizations.

Water service was expanded several years ago to include the Vox community west of town. The project added more than 250 new customers to the water system. We continued the expansion this past year to include approximately 25 more customers in the Whispering Pines area of Vox.

Future plans for Johnsonville’s infrastructure include further expansion and improvements to the sewer system.

A major project on the horizon is the construction of a new municipal complex. We will break ground later this year on the building, which will include offices for the Water and Wastewater Treatment Departments as well as administrative staff. An exciting addition is a state-of-the-art emergency operations center (EOC) to be used during hurricanes and other natural disasters. The new complex also will house City Council chambers that can be used as a courtroom or large meeting room.

The city of Johnsonville is striving to improve the quality of life of our citizens. Improved housing and infrastructure strengthen our ability to meet essential needs of our residents. And by increasing communication with them and the outside world, we can attract industry to build our local economy and make living in Johnsonville even better.

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