T.K. Gregg Community Center

Spartanburg, SC (2019)

Public private partnership brings community recreation center facility to Spartanburg


Voices from the Community

Since the closing of the last TK Gregg Community Center, it has been a priority of the City of Spartanburg to re-open a state of the art community facility in the Northside neighborhood and New Markets Tax Credits have been a key financing tool to help us get there.

-Chris Story, City Manager, City of Spartanburg, South Carolina

Project Description

The Northside neighborhood in Spartanburg, SC is a 400-acre blighted and forgotten area since the Spartan Mill, the long-time foundation of the neighborhood for over a century, closed in 2001. In 2010, the Edward Via College of Osteopathic Medicine chose the Northside Neighborhood as the site of its Carolinas’ Campus, prompting
the City of Spartanburg to create the Northside Initiative. The Northside Initiative represents an unprecedented collaboration of public, private, civic, educational, and philanthropic institutions in Spartanburg, led by the Northside Development Group, a Network Member of Purpose-Built Communities, a national initiative designed to break
inter-generational poverty through holistic community revitalization driven by a single purpose nonprofit community quarterback.

The City of Spartanburg, a small city of 39,000 residents with limited tax revenues, had already invested almost $5 million into the project for acquisition and demolition before the New Markets Tax Credit (NMTC) financing. To help speed up the project timeline, The Innovate Fund provided a $10 million NMTC allocation, and South Carolina Community Loan Fund added another $5 million in allocation, which allowed the City of Spartanburg to complete the project when pooled with NMTC equity from Capital One and $9 million of municipal bonds issued by the City, which was the maximum amount approved by City Council.

The City of Spartanburg acquired the project site in 2015 and began construction of the 46,810 sq. ft. community facility in late 2018 to include a gym, running/walking track, exercise/fitness rooms, community and classroom space, and 2 pools. Located in an area with a poverty rate over 45 percent and unemployment well over 20 percent, the project is expected to provide services to an estimated 3,500 Northside residents annually, with 2,625 of them being low-income persons.


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