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“It’s the first of its kind,” Story told members of the Spartanburg City Council Wednesday. “We’re not aware of anything else like this that incorporates the multiple public programs, and the mix of income with the top-notch academic environment, in terms of the presence of USC Upstate. We’re not aware of anybody else doing anything like this.”
After years of planning, a spate of community-development projects is coming to life this fall in Spartanburg’s Northside neighborhood.
Positioned along a half-mile stretch of Howard Street, the projects carry a combined price tag of $56 million and aim to ensure that residents of the historically underserved area have greater access to cradle-to-career education, affordable housing, health care, and recreation.
Laura Reynolds scrawled a simple message for students on the floor of the brand new Franklin School this week: “Don’t try to blend in, you were born to stand out.”
“I think that’s an important message for anybody to hear,” said Reynolds, the dean of the University of South Carolina Upstate’s Department of Education.
“To have the opportunity to be a part of this, to start something new that has such a chance to make an impact on so many young people, who gets to do that?”
It’s been almost five months since the first scoops of dirt were moved marking the official start of construction on the Franklin School, a $10 million early childhood learning center in the city of Spartanburg’s Northside neighborhood.
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