The South Carolina State Ports Authority’s plan to open a $35-million inland port In Greer have hit a snag as one of the companies located on the property now is refusing to move.
The warehouse business Nordic Cold Storage has been at its location for nearly 30 years and its owners balked at the state’s offer to purchase the property, meaning the battle is likely headed to court, slowing down construction. The Atlanta-based company has signed a 40-year lease on the three-acre property. According to the state, there are still 11 years left on the lease.
The proposed inland port would provide a place where containers can be loaded on trains in the Upstate for delivery to the Port of Charleston.
The Ports Authority board met by telephone Tuesday and voted to use eminent domain to condemn and demolish the building. The state values the lease at $900,000, and says it offered the company more than that to leave, Nordic officials declined.
Ports Authority officials would not speculate on how long the condemnation process might take but said an out-of-court settlement is possible. The agency wants to open the inland port by Labor Day.