Grants & Projects
City of Hardeeville uses external grant & loan funding sources to support innovative projects and initiatives and to supplement existing revenues when possible and appropriate. The development of city projects and the actual delivery of services require an involved and comprehensive approach to funding including the utilization of Local State and Federal funding opportunities.
For FY 2019, the City of Hardeeville received the following grant dollars to move forward and implement projects, programs and services in which the City has made a priority. Many of these grants were awarded in previous years with funds being utilized or closed out.
In total, the City of Hardeeville received a little over $1.03 million in grant funding in FY2018/2019.
CDBG - Drainage Project
The largest of the grant funded projects included the CDBG funding for the Citywide stormwater/drainage improvement projects. The total project cost was $766,875.
The area of focus for the Project was centrally located in the City and included portions of Carroll St, Boyd St, Martin St, Heyward St, Horton St, Coburn Ln, Barker St, Barker Ct, Bush Ave, Ulmer St, Sunset Circle, Glover St, and Simmons Ln. The proposed changes to the stormwater drainage system will help prevent or reduce future flooding. Project scope include restoring SCDOT drainage ditches and pipes to their prior intent, cleaning/ restoring the main ditch system between property, paving Glover Street with storm drains, adding a drainage ditch at the end of Glover Street, and replacing the storm pipes under roadways connecting the main ditch system as needed.
Update: CDBG - Drainage Project was completed in the fall of 2019.
City of Hardeeville Richard Gray Sports Complex
The City of Hardeeville received SC PARD funding that was approved by Jasper County Delegation and administered through SC Department of Parks, Recreation and Tourism for improvements to be made to the Richard Gray Sports Complex. Projects included design for a new community park located in the center of the complex along with a new scoreboard for the football/soccer stadium.
Update: City of Hardeeville Richard Gray Sports Complex – City completed its design of the new Ju Ju Hutson Park and installed a new scoreboard for the multipurpose turf stadium. The City completed a Master Plan for the Richard Gray Sports complex and is now on the following projects that will be completed in the summer of 2020: new playground equipment at the Ju Ju Hutson Park, unleashed Dog Park, covered basketball court and court improvements.
The City of Hardeeville was also awarded the following grants and will start receiving funds sometime in FY2020.
Hardeeville Commerce Park
*** City of Hardeeville was recently awarded a South Carolina Rural Infrastructure Authority (SC RIA) grant in the amount of $500,000 and the U.S. Department of Commerce, Economic Development Administration (EDA) awarded a $1.86 million grant to make infrastructure improvements to the Hardeeville Commerce Park. The City worked closely and partnered with Lowcountry Council of Governments (LCOG) and BJWSA to help secure the EDA grant.
The purpose of the project is to develop the necessary infrastructure including entrance, roadway and water/wastewater in efforts of supporting eleven to fifteen new and potential industrial/commercial businesses of various sizes. Other than working closely with BJWSA with the water/wastewater expansion to service the commerce park, the City is working with other local utility partners including Hargray and Dominion Energy for possible solutions with fiber and connectivity along with gas services.
Update: The Commerce Park infrastructure project is being designed and permitted with planned construction to begin during the summer of 2020 and is estimated to be completed by the spring of 2021.
I-95 Exit 3 Interchange Project
The City of Hardeeville along with Jasper County worked to submit a funding package and application for funding assistance from the South Carolina Transportation Infrastructure Bank (SCTIB) for the new (I–95) Exit 3 Interchange and Parkway project. The total project costs are estimated to be $82,463,073.
The funding proposal consists of a SCTIB grant request totaling $28 million, a loan request from the SCTIB in the amount of $28 million to be repaid by Tax Increment Financing (TIF), and other “local financial support” worth $26.4 million. The local contribution amounts to $54.4 million of the total project cost.
The goal of the Project is to create a safe and efficient interstate access in and out of new economic and community development sites, fostering economic growth and regional connectivity. The project will furthermore serve as a centralized hub bringing together and advancing intermodal activity, including adding an additional connector of I-95 and US 17 both highways recognized on the National Highway System, allowing improved transportation of cargo on trucks, freight trains and ships establishing the much-needed industrial growth and providing increased skilled labor force for the City of Hardeeville and Jasper County.
Update: The City’s SCTIB application is currently being considered. The City is working to finalize the IJR (Interstate Justification Report) and satisfy the NEPA requirements.
I-95 Exit 8 Interchange Improvements Project
The City of Hardeeville is working closely with Jasper County and SC Department of Transportation in determining a project scope and design for Exit 8 improvements.
The focus of Phase I of the project will include enhancing mobility and improving the safety and security for the intersection of US 278, Medical Center Drive and Henry Moss Blvd. The project also includes improving the safety and security near the interchange, US 278 and the intersection along with making the area more aesthetically pleasing with the addition of lighting, landscape and wayward signage.
Update: City is cooperatively working with Jasper County and SCDOT to implement the projects contained in the I-95 Exit 8 Master Plan with Phase I to be completed in 2021. The City and County have passed resolutions associated with the Interlocal Agreement associated with the first phase of the project funded through Jasper County Local Option Sales Tax for approximately $1.9 million dollars to work on the Intersection of US 278 and Medical Center Drive and adjacent roads. The project is currently being designed and permitted.