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10/3/2018 11:17:00 AM
Anderson wants $1.8 million in TIF funds for $8.3 million bus terminal

Ken de la Bastide, Herald Bulletin City and County Government Reporter

ANDERSON – After a decade of debate about the proposed location of a new bus terminal for the City of Anderson Transit System, the current plan is to have the new facility completed by next February.

Anderson Mayor Thomas Broderick Jr. asked the Anderson Redevelopment Commission on Tuesday to consider providing $1.8 million in Tax Increment Financing funds to finalize the necessary funding for the proposed $8.3 million facility.

The commission took the request under consideration. A decision is expected at the November meeting. 

Broderick indicated there is $6.3 million in federal funds committed to the project with another $750,000 coming from Community Development Block Grant funding.

As proposed, demolition work would start Dec. 1, with the opening of the bus terminal tentatively set for Feb. 15, 2019.

Kevin Montgomery of krM Architecture said the plan is to construct a 16,000 square foot three-story building at the intersection of 13th and Jackson streets.

He said the CATS terminal would be located on the north side of the first floor, with a loading and unloading zone to the east.

The remaining first-floor space and the second and third floors would be available for leasing to developers. 

Montgomery said Jackson Street from 14th to 13th streets would be reduced to two lanes with the current right lane modified for parking in front of the proposed terminal.

Thirteenth Street would be closed to traffic from Jackson to Meridian streets, and the alley to the west of Town Center Plaza would be converted to two-way traffic.

“CATS is one of the premier bus systems for a community the size of Anderson,” Broderick said. “We need to have public transit available for residents.

“The bus terminal has been discussed for many years,” he said. “There have been disagreements on the location and the design. This is an investment in downtown.”

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