Termite Lawyer in Startex, SC

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When you choose CDH for a termite damage attorney in Startex, SC, you can rest easy knowing you're in confident, capable hands. Clients trust our law firm for termite damage cases because we have:

  • A Demonstrated Playbook of Strategies
  • A Proven Track Record of Successful Termite Cases
  • Substantial Termite Evidence Lockers with Experts and Depositions
  • Experience Handling Cases Across the Southeast United States
  • Manuals for Many Major Termite Control Companies

Unlike some termite damage law firms, our lawyers study the practices and policies of large termite control and home inspection companies. We use creative strategies to avoid unfair arbitration clauses and have devoted real resources to solving our client's claims.

Simply put, you can trust our termite damage attorneys with your case because we genuinely care about you as our client.

Whether you're a homeowner, commercial property owner, or a homeowner's association, know that you're not alone. If termites are causing damage to your property, don't let giant pest control chains or home inspection franchises take advantage of you. The cost of repairs should fall where it should - on the shoulders of the home inspection company, pest control company, or their insurers.

What Are the Signs of Termite Damage?

It's not always easy to spot the signs of termite damage, especially if you're an average person without much knowledge of the termite species. Plus, termites often wreak havoc in unseen areas like drywall, siding, and the framing of your house, so seeing damage isn't always easy. Despite those challenges, there are some common signs and areas for you to consider.

Some common signs of termite damage include:

  • Termite Swarms in Your Home
  • Discarded Termite Wings in Crawlspaces, Attics, or Other Areas
  • Small Holes or Pin Pricks in Walls
  • Mud Tunnels Running Along the Outer Walls of Your House
  • Dirt Falling Out of Cracks, Power Outlets, or Holes in Walls
  • Warped Doors and Windows

Some of the most common areas where termites do damage include:

  • In and Around Chimneys
  • Around the Bases of Outside Walls
  • In the Floors or Walls of Your Attic
  • In Your Crawlspace
  • Laundry, Bath, and Utility Rooms
  • The Floors and Sinks of Your Kitchen or Bathroom
  • Hollowed Out Wooden Areas Around Your Home

What Should I Do if I Find Termite Damage?

If you find termite damage in your home, it's best not to try and fix it yourself. Why? First, repairing damage from termites is a complicated, painstaking endeavor that requires a skilled, tedious approach. Spotting termite damage and knowing how to fix it requires a deep knowledge of how termites behave and live to get rid of them. Second, and perhaps most importantly, taking a DIY approach to termite damage may ruin your termite lawsuit.

That's true even if you have the skills and experience to do so. You might inadvertently destroy important evidence that is key to your case, which may ruin your chances of compensation for damages and poor work. Instead of trying to repair damage on your own, get a second opinion from a trusted inspector. Once your concerns are verified, it's time to call CDH Law Firm. Our experienced termite damage attorneys will dig into your case and discover if you're one of the thousands of people with grounds for filing a termite lawsuit.

Who Is at Fault for Termite Damage?

We get this question often at CDH Law Firm, though the answer is sometimes unclear. What we do know is that if you're looking for the max amount of compensation, we'll need to discover who was at fault. In some cases, it's easy to determine fault. For example, if you're a new homeowner, and a termite inspector or seller didn't inform you of an infestation, you may have grounds to sue.

However, things get more complex if you rent a home or bought a residence many years ago and have been using a pest control company for termite infestation. You could have grounds for a case against the pest control company, your landlord, or a different third party, depending on the circumstances of your case. That's why working with a termite attorney in Startex, SC is so important - so they can investigate the details and damages associated with your infestation and determine who is accountable.

10 Common Excuses for Avoiding Termite Damage Liability

If you have trusted your home with a pest control company and encounter a termite issue, you might not get the help you expect, even if your claim is legitimate. With years of experience fighting big pest control companies and their insurers, we've heard just about every excuse in the book. If you're dealing with a termite problem, be wary if you hear any of the following excuses.

  • 01.The contract you signed releases our company of any liability.
  • 02.We can't help unless you sign a brand-new contract.
  • 03.There's moisture around the damaged areas of your home. We aren't responsible.
  • 04.We're under no obligation to discover hidden termite damage.
  • 05.We won't review your bond unless your property is re-treated.
  • 06.We don't have to pay because you have a re-treat-only contract.
  • 07.You need to pay for re-treatment because our chemicals or pesticides have worn off.
  • 08.You dug up our chemical barrier. Your infestation is not our fault.
  • 09.Our insurance company won't pay you. If you have a complaint, take it up with them.
  • 10.We'll cover the cost of fixing damage, but we won't open walls to see if more damage is present.

However, things get more complex if you rent a home or bought a residence many years ago and have been using a pest control company for termite infestation. You could have grounds for a case against the pest control company, your landlord, or a different third party, depending on the circumstances of your case. That's why working with a termite attorney in Startex, SC is so important - so they can investigate the details and damages associated with your infestation and determine who is accountable.

Negligence

Can I Sue a Home Inspector for Negligence?

If your home inspector did not uphold their duties and obligations to you as the home buyer, you could most certainly sue a home inspector.

Unless your termite infestation was new when your home was inspected, it would be hard for a home inspector to miss it. If you just bought a house and you have discovered damage or signs of a termite infestation, contact CHSA Law today. Our team of termite damage attorneys may be able to prove that your inspector failed at spotting and reporting termite issues in your new home.

However, proving negligence is easier said than done without a lawyer by your side. Termite inspectors aren't always expected to find every bit of termite damage, and they're often not the final say in whether your home is damage-free. That's why, with CDH Law Firm as your advocate, we'll ask the hard-hitting questions needed to discover if your inspector missed termite damage for legitimate reasons or if they were careless and negligent. We'll help facilitate a second inspection if needed and will work tirelessly to earn you the compensation you deserve.

Breach

Can I Sue a Home Inspector for Breach of Contract?

You should know that even if your home inspector is legally negligent for missing termite damage or infestations, their liability will often be limited due to the language in their contract.

If your lawsuit doesn't have the proper foundation to prove negligence, your termite damage lawyer in Startex, SC may be able to win compensation via breach of contract. In many circumstances, this is the best route to take if it's easier to prove that an inspector violated a contract. For example, suppose the home inspection contract you signed called for a whole-home inspection, and the inspector failed to survey your crawlspace or attic. In that case, you may have a viable claim in court.

At CDH Law Firm, we understand that every termite damage case situation is different. As such, we approach every case with a nuanced, multi-faceted strategy crafted with your best interests in mind.

Cobb, Dill, & Hammett Is Here When You Need Us Most

When a termite prevention company or home inspector is negligent and causes damage to your home, it's time to act fast. You need a trustworthy termite attorney in cityname, state by your side to take the proper steps toward getting compensation.

When you depend on CHSA Law, LLC, you'll receive personalized attention and proactive representation. That's because we make an intentional decision to limit our law firm's overall caseload. This allows us to better focus on our individual clients, many of whom remain with us for generations. We do not pass off cases to paralegals or junior associates but rather prioritize the attorney-client relationship.

We value compassion and integrity, and our practice reflects those values. If you're ready to take a stand, call our office today. Our termite damage lawyers will help create a better future for you, your family, or your business.

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Former Startex mill in Spartanburg County to be redeveloped into housing, retail

A $30 million mixed-use development is being planned at the former Startex mill site along the Middle Tyger River in Spartanburg County near Wellford.The mill stopped operations in 1998 during the decline of the textile industry and most of the buildings were later demolished. What remains at the site includes buildings that once housed the administrative offices, company store, warehouses and a finishing room.John Montgomery, Montgomery Development Group CEO, told The Post and Courier he in under contract to buy the 60-acre si...

A $30 million mixed-use development is being planned at the former Startex mill site along the Middle Tyger River in Spartanburg County near Wellford.

The mill stopped operations in 1998 during the decline of the textile industry and most of the buildings were later demolished. What remains at the site includes buildings that once housed the administrative offices, company store, warehouses and a finishing room.

John Montgomery, Montgomery Development Group CEO, told The Post and Courier he in under contract to buy the 60-acre site. Redevelopment would begin in summer 2023 and include renovations to convert the existing building into residences, office space and retail.

Montgomery said he plans to clear an area near the river to make it public open space with a connecting trail to a steel bridge built in 1932 that crosses the river. He anticipates having at least 100 apartment units in the existing mill space.

“There is a lot of opportunity for single and multi-family housing to be completed in a multi-year process,” Montgomery said. “I expect to have phase one done by the end of 2024.”

The mill has a family connection. Montgomery’s great-great grandfather John H. Montgomery was on a fishing expedition on Sept. 7, 1893 when he first saw the site and thought it would be a great site for a mill. Donald Jones, Startex-Tucapau Preservation Foundation founder and president, said the site was later surveyed and a mill was constructed in late 1894 and early 1895. Production at the mill began on June 1, 1896.

Jones said the mill’s ownership changed hands in 1923 at a time when the mill was called the Tucapau Mill. In May 1936, Walter Montgomery Sr., purchased the mill and changed the name to Startex Mill.

“The name of the mill was changed to reflect the name of the cloth that was made there,” Jones said.

When the mill started, there were 35 mill village houses. The number of houses increased to 350 until it closed. The mill thrived in the 1960s, employing up to 1,200 workers over three shifts. There were 600 workers still at the mill during its final year of operation.

The Startex-Tucapau Preservation Foundation, formed in 2016, has collected more than 3,000 photos and 600 documents on the history of the mill.

Jones said the redevelopment of the former mill site would not only help preserve history but also attract visitors to the area. Plans are also being made to refurbish the 250-foot long steel bridge crossing the river. The bridge was recently deeded to the foundation, which plans to transform it into a pedestrian bridge and music venue. Fundraising efforts are planned for 2023 with the total cost to refurbish the bridge at about $1.2 million. A engineering study will be conducted first, Jones said.

It’s the third bridge built at the site. The first bridge was washed away by a June 6, 1903 flood that also damaged the mill’s bottom floor.

The Tyger River Foundation is partnering with the Startex-Tucapau Preservation Foundation on the bridge refurbishing project. The area of the smoke stacks once used at the mill will be converted into greenspace and the former water towers used at the mill will be painted. Overall, Jones said the proposed redevelopment of the site would take several years.

“We think we have the right partner (John Montgomery) who has a good vision of what he wants to do,” Jones said. “He is still developing plans but it’s going to be reconfigured into some housing, some retail.”

Former mill employees Jeffrey Shelton and Larry Hood are excited about the mill site’s proposed redevelopment plans. They are also involved in working to have the bridge refurbished. They were born and raised in the Startex community.

“I worked at the mill in 1973 and 1974,” Shelton told The Post and Courier. “I worked in all the departments of the mill so I got a good knowledge of the mill.”

Red Shelton, Shelton’s father, worked at the mill for 50 years before he retired in the late 1980s. Hood and Shelton visited the site on Nov. 4 and recalled how the mill shaped the community. There was a school and hotel once at the site. Shelton said he would usually park his vehicle on a side lot and enter the gate through a turnstile door. The door still exists, however, it’s become overgrown with weeds and brush.

Hood’s father Jack also worked at the mill as a supervisor. While the mill has been closed for more than 24 years, its former workers are hopeful it will be remembered through preservation.

“The mill will be back in Montgomery family hands,” Shelton said. “I think it (redevelopment) will inspire people, homeowners to fix up some of the mill village houses. It’s a very exciting time for this community.”

Some questions about South Carolina community's brown water answered but concerns remain

SPARTANBURG COUNTY, S.C. —2 p.m. UPDATE:SJWD Water District released this official statement on Facebook:"Recently, due to dry weather conditions, SJWD had to adjust how we draw water from our main reservoir, Lyman Lake. This led to the water containing higher-than-normal levels of iron and manganese and the discoloration of our treated drinking water. SJWD has taken action to mitigate this issue,...

SPARTANBURG COUNTY, S.C. —

2 p.m. UPDATE:

SJWD Water District released this official statement on Facebook:

"Recently, due to dry weather conditions, SJWD had to adjust how we draw water from our main reservoir, Lyman Lake. This led to the water containing higher-than-normal levels of iron and manganese and the discoloration of our treated drinking water. SJWD has taken action to mitigate this issue, including the increased use of our secondary water source. We expect to see continued improvement and a return to normal conditions over the next few days. However, the lack of forecasted rain could lengthen the duration of this event. While the discolored water may not be aesthetically pleasing, testing confirms it meets all drinking water regulations for safety. It is safe to drink. People with additional health concerns may wish to contact their health provider about consuming the water. Boiling the water will not provide any added benefit. The water can also be used for showering, flushing toilets, household cleaning, etc. However, SJWD does not recommend using it for laundry. If clothing is stained during a wash, customers should not let the clothes dry and immediately wash clothes again using a rust stain remover. We regret this inconvenience and will continue to inform customers if there are any changes."

The company appeared to be monitoring Facebook comments and was answering questions about laundry stains made by the water, saying in a separate Facebook post:

"This discoloration is affecting approximately one third of our customers. If your water is clear, there is no residual discoloration and laundry will be fine as well. To remove discoloration from light clothing, non chlorine laundry additives such as OxyClean or Rit will work. If you need assistance sourcing these additives please DM your account number and we will work with you."

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A water district in South Carolina is asking its customers for patience after reports of brown water coming out of spigots over the weekend.

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WYFF News 4 has received several requests from customers in the Startex Jackson Wellford Duncan Water District to look into their concerns over the discolored water that users say is district-wide.

"They're telling a lot (sic) of us it's safe to drink," one viewer wrote.

"The water taste terrible and looks terrible as well," another viewer said.

Some viewers complained they were getting a recording when calling the SJWD Water District offices.

"They won't answer questions about it," another viewer wrote.

On Sunday, SJWD Water District took to Facebook with this statement:

"SJWD is aware some customers may see slightly discolored water. We are aware of the issue. Our primary Raw water source has experienced a seasonal upset. We have transitioned to our secondary raw water source. The water may be may have brown appearance but it is safe to drink. we are working to correct The issue as soon as possible."

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Then on Monday morning, they released this statement:

"A reminder that we experienced a seasonal upset in our treatment yesterday that resulted in some slightly discolored water entering the system. We identified and remedied this issue, and the water is safe for consumption. We anticipate the discoloration to clear within the next 48 hours. Thank you for your patience! If you have reached out to us on any media platform or by phone, we will respond to you in time."

An hour later, they released this statement:

"Discolored water is the result of an accumulation of iron and manganese in the source water. This accumulation is caused by drought or other seasonal patterns. Again, the water meets all DHEC regulations and is safe for consumption. No boiling is required. Thank you."

The company now says it will release more information about the discolored water before noon, including an updated timeline, guidance and information about the water's effect on "appliances, laundry, etc."

As of 12:30 p.m., no new information was released to the media or posted on the SJWD Water District page.

Updates to this story will be posted here when we get it.

Spartanburg development update: 5 lots at Startex Mills sold. Goodwill opens fifth store.

Spartanburg County area companies are planning projects to increase manufacturing, prepare for needs with electric vehicles and selling former textile buildings to convert the space for other uses.It's all part of the economic growth across the area.Spartanburg County Councilman David Britt, chairman of the county's economic development committee, said the county had a record year last year for economic growth with $4 billion in investments and 2,145 new high-paying jobs. And, the goal is to continue the progress...

Spartanburg County area companies are planning projects to increase manufacturing, prepare for needs with electric vehicles and selling former textile buildings to convert the space for other uses.

It's all part of the economic growth across the area.

Spartanburg County Councilman David Britt, chairman of the county's economic development committee, said the county had a record year last year for economic growth with $4 billion in investments and 2,145 new high-paying jobs. And, the goal is to continue the progress.

Here are some of the projects area companies are working on this year.

Goodwill to open its fifth store in Spartanburg County

A new Goodwill retail store and Job Connection will open at 9 a.m. Wednesday, Feb. 22, at 2316 Chesnee Highway, Spartanburg.

The location is Goodwill's fifth in Spartanburg County. The store and Job Connection will stand as one of Goodwill’s flagship locations, providing donations, retail, and employment assistance services all in one location.

The new 18,000-square-foot building features new décor that has been rolling out across all Goodwill stores in the Upstate and Midlands of South Carolina.

The mission of Goodwill Industries of Upstate/Midlands South Carolina is to provide access, information, and resources to help people improve their lives through the power of work.

Spencer Hines announces Startex Mills transaction

Spartanburg-based Spencer/Hines Properties announced the recent sale of five lots of Startex Mills in Startex for $1.5 million.

The lots total 27.9 acres, with 120,000 feet of industrial space.

The buyer is Banker Exchange as QI for Startex Mill LLC, and the seller is R4 Corporation.

Agents Guy Harris Sr., Guy Harris Jr. and Robbie Romeiser handled the transaction.

Spencer/Hines also announced the sale of an 11,100-square-foot office building on 2.18 acres at 206 Parker Drive, Spartanburg.

The buyer is Church of Grace, and the seller is Drayton Mills Church of Christ.

Michael Tanbonliong and Robbie Romeiser handled the transaction.

Proterra celebrates EV battery production

Proterra Inc. announced it has produced the first Proterra Powered EV battery at its new Powered 1 battery manufacturing plant in Greer.

Proterra is expected to begin deliveries to customers of Proterra Powered™ battery systems from the new battery factory in the first quarter of this year.

In addition, Powered 1 has started production of drivetrains and other systems incorporated into electric medium- and heavy-duty electric vehicles and equipment, such as high-voltage junction boxes.

Powered 1 is Proterra’s first purpose-built, high-volume battery production plant in the eastern U.S.

Proterra already has created more than 100 new jobs at the 327,000-square-foot battery plant, with roles including engineering, production, quality, and other positions within the company’s Proterra Powered & Energy business unit.

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Milliken expands in Cherokee County

Spartanburg-based Milliken & Company, a diversified global textile manufacturer with more than 70 locations worldwide, announced plans to expand operations in Cherokee County. The company’s $27.4 million investment will create 75 new jobs.

Located at 157 New Milliken Road in Blacksburg, Milliken’s Cherokee County expansion will include newly added production lines to increase manufacturing capacity. Known as the Magnolia Finishing Plant, the facility specializes in workwear, military and flame-resistant apparel.

The expansion is expected to be complete by year-end. Those interested in jobs at Milliken should visit the company’s careers page.

Milliken is a materials science expert with a diverse portfolio serving the textile, flooring, specialty chemical and healthcare industries. South Carolina is home to more than 25 Milliken locations, including textile and chemical manufacturing facilities, showrooms and the company’s corporate headquarters in Spartanburg.

BMW XM to arrive at dealers worldwide this spring

Spartanburg-based BMW Manufacturing announced the start of production of the first-ever BMW XM vehicle, a high-performance car with an electrified drive system.

It is being produced alongside the BMW X5, BMW X6, and BMW X7 on the same assembly line at Plant Spartanburg.

The BMW XM. features a plug-in hybrid system with a V8 gasoline engine and a powerful electric motor.

The BMW XM will arrive at dealers worldwide this spring. The United States, China, and the Middle East will be key sales markets.

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Last year, the U.S. Department of Commerce noted that BMW Manufacturing led the nation in automotive exports by value for the eighth consecutive year. Plant Spartanburg’s 257,876 exports in 2021 had a total export value of more than $10.1 billion.

Since 1992, the BMW Group has invested nearly $12 billion in its South Carolina operations. BMW Manufacturing Spartanburg is the largest BMW Group plant in the world, producing more than 1,500 vehicles each day

Gov. McMaster announces launch of EV hub

Governor Henry McMaster announced the launch of scpowersev.com, a virtual hub highlighting South Carolina’s growing electric vehicle (EV) industry and the state’s capacity for further industry expansion.

The site, created by the S.C. Department of Commerce, provides a one-stop-shop for the EV industry to learn how South Carolina is evolving the future by powering EV.

NAI Earle Furman breaks ground on Cowpens spec building

NAI Earle Furman announced the groundbreaking of a 1.2-million-square-foot industrial building being built in the multi-county Upstate Corporate Park. The facility will be one of the most significant speculative buildings ever built in Spartanburg County.

The Class A building is on a 106-acre site off Mount Olive Road, across from Dollar Tree’s Southeast Distribution Center, and is being constructed by Evans General Contractors.

The cross-dock facility is a concrete tilt-wall project that will include a 40-foot minimum clear height, 50-by-56-foot column spacing, 70-foot speed bays, and a 200-foot truck court with ample trailer parking. The Upstate Corporate Park and site are located one mile off Exit 83 in the Interstate 85 industrial corridor.

The project is slated to be delivered in early 2024.

CBRE obtains financing for Gaffney warehouse

CBRE Capital Markets’ Debt & Structured Finance has secured $55.5 million in acquisition financing on behalf of LRC Properties for Gaffney Distribution Center, a 1.03 million-square-foot warehouse in Gaffney.

LRC Properties acquired the warehouse for $80.5 million in a sale-leaseback transaction within three years of the term. The tenant was not disclosed. CBRE secured a four-year floating rate loan with an option to extend through a life insurance company.

CBRE’s Brian Linnihan, Mike Ryan, Richard Henry and Taylor Crowder represented LRC Properties in the financing, which includes future funding.

Located at 34 Commerce Drive, Gaffney Distribution Center was built in 1996 and is located a mile off I-85. It is fully leased to a single tenant. In 2021, the building was expanded by 486,486 square feet.

Inman earns honor for downtown master planning

The City of Inman was awarded the Rural Outstanding Project Award for its downtown master planning efforts from the S.C. Chapter of the American Planning Association.

Mayor Cornelius Huff, City Manager Joe Lanahan, City Planning Director April Williams, and master planning partner Irene Dumas Tyson with BOUDREAUX and Larry McGoogin with Toole Design Group received the award.

Inman's downtown master plan documents projects to propel downtown revitalization.Inman will host town hall meetings to gather community input on the city's revitalization process.

The first meeting will be at 5:30 p.m. Tuesday, Feb. 28, at 12 Mill St. Then at 5:30 p.m. Wednesday, March 1, at 10 S. Main St., the Main Street Resource team will present the next steps, according to Williams.

Michelin gearing up for electric vehicle tire needs

Greenville-based tire maker Michelin North America recently announced its plans to meet the challenges of the electric vehicle revolution.

“For 130 years, Michelin has been obsessed with mobility that maximizes the customer experience,” stated Alexis Garcin, president and CEO of Michelin North America, Inc. “We are passionate about innovation, and that has positioned us to accelerate the EV transformation.

"Our research and development teams continue to launch new technologies that improve rolling resistance, maximizing performance and minimizing the environmental impact of mobility.”

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According to the Global EV Outlook 2022 report, sales of electric vehicles could represent 50% of the market by 2030.

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Efforts underway to revitalize former Spartanburg Co. mill community

SPARTANBURG COUNTY, S.C. (WSPA) — Efforts are underway to revitalize a former Spartanbur...

SPARTANBURG COUNTY, S.C. (WSPA) — Efforts are underway to revitalize a former Spartanburg County mill and historic iron bridge.

“It was a very important part of this community,” said John Montgomery, a developer working on the Startex Mill. “The whole community was built around this mill.”

Montgomery said Startex was once a booming community, but in the late 1990s, the Startex Mill closed.

“This little town was kind of forgotten, and so it’s really important to me to see new life breathed into this community,” said Montgomery.

Now, Montgomery is restoring this old mill.

“My plan is to take these old buildings and do a historic renovation to convert them into apartments, into housing for people in the community, as well as taking some of the old store buildings up front for office, retail, maybe a restaurant or coffee shop,” said Montgomery.

Montgomery said the original mill was built in 1895 by his great-great-grandfather. Today, the bleachery, company store, office buildings, and post office still stand.

“A lot of people who live here used to work at the mill, have grown up here, and have seen this place sitting idle for so many years, so already we have seen a lot of public support for this project,” said Montgomery.

Down the road, members of the Startex-Tucapau Preservation Foundation are fixing up an old iron bridge, which was once used by people in the mill community.

“When we first started the bridge project, it was completely covered in vines, heavy, heavy, heavy overgrowth,” said Richie Solesbee, a member of the foundation.

Soon, the group hopes the bridge can be used again.

“Our goal is to keep it as a pedestrian bridge, clean it up, get it back very structurally sound,” said Solesbee.

Both groups believe their revitalization efforts will create a destination for people in the area.

“With the work that I’m going to be doing on this property and down along the river and around the bridge, I think it all goes hand in hand to create a really nice public space for people to come and enjoy the river, enjoy access to the water,” said Montgomery.

Montgomery said he hopes to have construction start later this year and said the entire project to redevelop the mill could take three to five years to complete.

STARTEX: Picking up pieces of history

Most of Startex's historical landmarks exist only in memory.The only thing left of the Startex Hotel, where unmarried teachers and mill workers lived, is a flight of steps leading from a Main Street sidewalk to a parking lot above.A community building that once housed everything from laundry facilities to a barbershop to a restaurant is long gone.Much of the mill also has been demolished.Now the Startex Tucapau Historical Society, which had its first meeting in December, is trying to hold on to what...

Most of Startex's historical landmarks exist only in memory.

The only thing left of the Startex Hotel, where unmarried teachers and mill workers lived, is a flight of steps leading from a Main Street sidewalk to a parking lot above.

A community building that once housed everything from laundry facilities to a barbershop to a restaurant is long gone.

Much of the mill also has been demolished.

Now the Startex Tucapau Historical Society, which had its first meeting in December, is trying to hold on to what's left.

One member of the group is collecting stories, photos and artifacts, and another member has plans to purchase two historic Startex buildings. Community cleanup days are planned this month, and a reunion will take place May 15.

"I just want people to take pride in what we have and what we used to have, and not let it go down to nothing," said Startex native Carolyn Downing, 65.

"We can't let the community die."

There is no shortage of history in this unincorporated community, which sits just southwest of the point where I-85 and Highway 29 intersect.

The area was originally known as Tucapau, named after the mill that was built there in 1896. In 1936, Walter Montgomery Sr. bought the mill and changed its name to Startex -- the brand name of household textiles produced at the plant.

The mill ceased operations in 1998 and was mostly dismantled in 1999. Parts of the structure -- the former bleachery, company store and offices -- still stand.

Mill intertwined with history

The mill was the site of bitter union clashes in the 1930s, and in 1980 President Jimmy Carter came to Startex for a campaign stop.

To preserve these memories, Downing has collected hundreds of photos and artifacts from the mill village, and she has gathered stories from more than 50 residents.

Last year, Downing's efforts attracted the notice of Donald Jones, 46, who grew up in Startex and now lives in Birmingham, Ala.

While browsing online one day, Jones learned that the remains of Startex Mill had been sold at auction to an out-of-state owner. He also found a newspaper story about Downing's historical efforts.

After reading the items, Jones decided to try to buy the mill, and last fall he contacted Downing.

Jones said he's now in negotiations to buy what's left of Startex Mill. He wants to stabilize the aging structure, get it listed on the National Register of Historic Places and put a local history museum in the portion that used to be the old company store.

Jones hopes to convince private donors to help fund the project.

Another part of Jones' plan is to buy the old Startex Elementary school on Chestnut Street. Startex United Methodist owns the crumbling building, which is vacant except for a day-care center that occupies the lower portion of the school.

Jones is not prepared to say what he might do with the old school.

"There's a multitude of ideas," Jones said.

Though he no longer lives in Startex, Jones still has family here, and he said he felt compelled to help preserve the community's heritage.

"If we don't do it and we don't do it now, it will be just a memory and a little dot in the road and everybody will just forget about it," Jones said.

More efforts to preserve past

Startex's efforts are an example of growing interest in recent history, according to a local history expert.

Doyle Boggs, president of the S.C. Confederation of Local Historical Societies and director of communications at Wofford College, pointed to Clifton, which has published two books on its history; Pacolet, which recently had its town hall added to the National Register of Historic Places; and Beaumont Mill in Spartanburg, where plans are underway for a statewide auto racing museum.

One of the biggest challenges in such efforts, Boggs said, is finding new uses for old buildings.

"Every historic building cannot be a museum, and you've got to be really creative and find some other ways to use it," Boggs said.

Finding money for such project can also be a challenge.

"To put together a financial package that will work is difficult and takes time," Boggs said.

But in the end, Boggs said such projects are well worth it.

"A sense of place is an important part of who we are, as individuals and as a community," he said.

" 'It happened right here' is a real important statement."

Susan Orr can be reached at 877-3225, 574-5980 or susan.orr@shj.com.

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