2018-04-13 / Business

City Snippets

Medical practice closing five offices

Citing financial reasons, Family Medical Center of South Carolina is closing its five locations in Columbia. The company and its co-owner, Dr. Stephen Serbin, were ordered in September to pay about $2 million to resolve federal allegations of submitting false claims. The FNC website reports most of the company’s physicians will continue to practice in Columbia.

Blythewood seafood restaurant open

S&A Seafood of Blythewood has opened a second location in Columbia at 1212 Sunset Drive, near Palmetto Richland.

Foundation donates $49,000 to charities

This year’s St. Patrick’s Day festival in Five Points raised $49,000 for 30 Midlands charities and nonprofit organizations. The annual festival creates $ 6 million in economic impact for the city of Columbia each year.

County getting flood relief

Richland County will receive $1,655,504 from FEMA to reimburse costs for restoring sewer lines and connecting manholes damaged by the 2015 floods.

Midlands home prices affordable

Median home prices across the country in the first quarter of 2018 were not affordable for average wage earners, according to property data company Attom Data Solutions. The report found median home prices unaffordable in Charleston, Dorchester, Beaufort, Greenville, and York counties. Median home prices in Berkeley, Sumter, Richland, Lexington, Aiken, Spartanburg, Anderson, and Pickens counties were affordable, according to the report.

Holiday Inn coming to downtown

An office building at 1233 Washington Street will be turned into a Holiday Inn with a restored ’50s theme. The 42,000-square-foot-building was purchased by the Lexington Hospitality group ROIF Washington LLC for $1,950,000. The hotel is expected to open in the fall of 2019.

Tourism increase forecast

After a slight decline in hotel occupancy in the spring months, global hotel tracking service STR predicts a 77 percent occupancy rate for June in South Carolina. The rate would be a 1.3 percent increase compared to June 2017.

Sweetener plant opening in Cheraw

Laurinburg, N.C – based US-Stevia LLC and its farmer-partners who grow, extract, and sell a no-calorie sweetener, is establishing a $21 million plant in Cheraw expected to offer 50 jobs. The operation is projected to come online by the fourth quarter of 2018.

Wood products plant opening in Cameron

Grand Rapids, Mi.-based Universal Forest Products, a provider of wood and wood-related products, is opening a $6.1 million plant in the Orangeburg County town of Cameron. The facility is projected to create more than 120 new jobs.

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