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Groups unite, easing blight at Victor Mill in Greer

Aug 25, 2010 8:40:00 AM - thestate.com
GREER — In just three weeks, the blight on the Victor Mill community has been substantially reduced — though plenty of work remains to be done.

The ruins of the mill have made the center of this once-vibrant community more like a war zone for going on 10 years. A consortium of entities — including Spartanburg County, the city of Greer and private contractors, all under the umbrella of a limited liability corporation helmed by state Rep. Harold Mitchell — worked for about two years acquiring $1.2 million from the Environmental Protection Agency and planning the cleanup.

This month, it finally started.

“They’ve done good,” resident Wallace Sumner said. “It looks 100 percent better now than it did two weeks ago — all that old brush out there made it look worse. With just the structures standing, it’s not that bad.”

The first site cleared was a one-time parking lot, 3 acres piled high with rotting lumber and other debris. Charlotte, N.C.-based HEPACO removed 112 loads of rubble — about 1,100 tons.

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