By Jeremy Handel, Staff Writer
Woodruff continues to be a hotbed for new development, from housing to restaurants to shops. In the past year, despite the economic challenges caused by the COVID-19 pandemic, Woodruff has seen a number of additions.
Houses continue to be completed in various developments while others are getting underway. Main Street has seen the addition of a number of businesses, including bars Rotties 221, Tap Three, and The Right Place; shops like Main Street Sweets and Cottonmouth Smoke; and larger stores like Tractor Supply.
The city will see more growth over the next couple of years as more projects continue. Below are some of the more anticipated projects and when people can expect to see them completed.
Woodruff’s main thoroughfare will continue to see new development, including:
- Bojangles on North Main Street which is expected to open on Jan. 24
- Claudio’s Bistro downtown, a steakhouse restaurant scheduled to open in late December or early January
- Block 224, the City of Woodruff’s new public open space and performance area that is scheduled to open in mid-December
Woodruff has capitalized on its designation by Insurify as the No. 1 Best Up & Coming Housing Market in South Carolina as more residential developments get planned. The Ellington and Pearson Park developments started in fall of 2019 are nearly sold out, with others getting started:
- Timberwood Acres off of Cross Anchor Road south of town has filled out and is expected to begin a second phase soon.
- A development off Cavins Road near the Woodruff Leisure Center is currently doing land clearing and grading and houses are expected to start going up in late 2021.
- A new development at Highway 101 and McElrath Road is going through the annexation and zoning and is expected to start land improvements in summer or fall of 2021.
- A small townhome development downtown is moving through the approval process and will bring six townhomes to the corner of Hayne and Pearson streets.
- A proposed apartment complex development planned for the area of S.J. Workman Highway and Mcedco Road is permitted and expected to start construction next year.
All told, new development will bring approximately 2,000 new single-family homes and approximately 200 multi-family units to the city in the next couple of years.