An organization that supports people currently in or recently released is building a transition village off Wingo Road in Wellford.
Halfway houses, called Restoration Village, are built by START OF JUMP and will house program participants for one year.
The scheduled start date for construction is mid-July and all site work will be completed by mid-December. The organization hopes to add three to five new houses per year for a total of 22 houses in the village.
At a community meeting Thursday, residents within half a mile of the proposed village shared their concerns about sex offenders living nearby, traffic and house prices.
The directors of JUMPSTART assured that the village would be at least 50 feet from Wingo Road and that the program is strict – only people committed to changing their lifestyle will be allowed to stay in the program. The property will be monitored 24/7 and a resident manager will live on site.
They also don’t care about traffic, as most program participants do not own a car. However, they did not know how the values of the houses would be affected.
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JUMPSTART already has similar halfway houses in four other areas of Spartanburg: Roebuck, North New Cut Road, Blue Carver near WestGate Shopping Center and across from Wofford College.
“Our number one goal is to be a good neighbor,” said Tommy Moore, President of JUMPSTART USA and Project Manager of Restoration Village.
So far, the organization has raised $ 2.5 million for Restoration Village from private donors and program fees.
Read more below on JUMPSTART’s maps as well as information about the Spartanburg County Courthouse and the proposed downtown Fairfield Inn & Suites.
START OF JUMP
- Restoration Village is a transitional community for men and women who were previously incarcerated planned for Wingo Road in Wellford.
- Most of the program participants will stay in the village for a year.
- The scheduled start date for construction is mid-July and all site work will be completed by mid-December. The organization hopes to add three to five new houses per year for a total of 22 houses in the village.
- Traffic should not be affected as most program participants do not have cars.
- A resident manager is scheduled to live on site and the entrance will be monitored 24/7 by video.
- Among JUMPSTART graduates, 97% do not return to prison. South Carolina’s rate is 70%.
- All participants agree to a code of conduct and are expelled if they do not respect it.
- JUMPSTART is a Spartanburg-based organization that helps incarcerated people prepare for reintegration into society in 17 South Carolina prisons.
- JUMPSTART already has 12 similar halfway houses in four other areas of Spartanburg: Roebuck, North New Cut Road, Blue Carver near WestGate Shopping Center and across from Wofford College.
- The county courthouse construction schedule indicates that construction of the court center will last from July 1, 2021 to October 2, 2023.
- By October 31, 2023, the move from the old courthouse to the new one will be completed.
- Once completed, the old county courthouse will be demolished and a landscaped plaza will replace the part of the site facing Magnolia Street. By June 11, 2024, the full place will be finished, according to schedule.
- The court center costs $ 152 million and is paid for with a one-penny sales tax approved in 2017.
- A new courthouse is needed because the current Spartanburg County Judicial Center, which opened in 1958, is overcrowded and does not meet modern standards for security or technology, according to a May 2017 report by Justice Planning Associates Inc.
- Once the courthouse is complete, a new city / county municipal building will be constructed. A location has not yet been chosen for this, but Britt said there was taxpayer interest in the current Spartanburg Town Hall site at 145 W. Broad St.
- The 180,000 square foot common municipal building will also take approximately two years.
- A new city / county municipal building is needed as the Town Hall and County Administrative Building were built in the early 1960s before modern codes and standards, the County of County website reads. Spartanburg. The municipal building and courthouse will together cost $ 217 million.
- The remaining $ 7.5 million, estimated from sales tax, will go to the county’s highest priority road projects.
Fairfield Inn & Suites
- Spartanburg City Manager Chris Story said the Fairfield Inn & Suites project is underway and they are currently working on the electrical infrastructure ahead of the site works and construction.
- The City of Spartanburg Design Review Board voted on April 13 to give the green light to a five-story Fairfield Inn & Suites slated for St. John Street.
- The hotel will rise between the George Dean Johnson School of Business and the Montgomery Building, a mixed-use skyscraper that includes restaurants and retailers on the ground floor and apartments above. It will be placed in front of a parking lot.
- It would be the third Marriott hotel in downtown Spartanburg, joining the 247-room Marriott built in 2004 on Daniel Morgan Avenue and the 114-room AC Hotel on W. Main Street that opened in 2016.
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