Spartanburg City Council rejects plan for solar farm

The former Arkwright Dump was operated between the 1950’s and 1960’s.   Contributed photo

The Spartanburg City Council has voted against the construction of a solar farm on the former site of Arkwright Dump. 

According to City Manager Ed Memmott, the construction may pose a potential risk of damage and environmental hazards. These include the presence of combustible fabric, polyurethane liners, an undergrade drainage system, methane gas collection, and venting system. 

In addition, Memmott pointed out that any damage occurred on the site would be shouldered by the city, and that the construction of the solar farm will further incur repair costs. 

The former Arkwright Dump was operated between the 1950’s and 1960’s. Three City Council members likewise shared the same sentiments as Memmott -- Erica Brown, Alan Jenkins and Ruth Littlejohn -- who all voted against the said construction of the solar farm. 

Meanwhile, the Council voted in favor of funding the new T.K. Gregg Community Center. It will feature an indoor aquatic center, an indoor basketball court, fitness center, walking track and community rooms. The entire project will cost around $16.6 million and construction is expected to begin this year. 

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