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Welcome to Great Falls, South Carolina

     Great Falls is a very small Town located in the piedmont section of South Carolina on the Catawba River. The town was founded by the power company owned by Mr. J.B. Duke. As he built hydro electric plants on the Catawba and was the founder of the three Republic Cotton Mills, people were brought from far and wide from the farming communities to live in the newly constructed mill villages that offered new homes that were equipped with running water, electricity and sanitary sewers. The mill company owned and furnished to the merchants newly constructed buildings in the downtown area for retail trade. The northern part of town, nicknamed Flopeye, was primarily built and owned by private parties.

     The school system, part of Chester County School District, has always been successful in graduating scholars who went on to become lawyers, doctors, teachers, engineers, and professional medical personnel, which the community is very proud of.

     As a town, we cannot leave off our pride and admiration of our athletic teams which have won state championships in all major sports.

     The closings of the three mills and the decline in retail services within our town has had a negative effect on our population, but we are striving to turn things around and once again have a thriving and industrious town.


Town of Great Falls, 810 Dearborn Street, Great Falls, SC 29055; 803-482-2055
These notices shall satisfy two separate but related procedural requirements for activities to be undertaken by the Town of Great Falls.
On or about January 27, 2021, the Town of Great Falls will submit a request to the South Carolina Department of Commerce, Grants Administration for the release of CDBG funds under Title I of the Housing and Community Development Act of 1974, as amended, to undertake the following project:
Project: Town of Great Falls, Republic Mill #1 Clearance and Cleanup, CDBG Control # CE-20-08
Purpose: The proposed project concerns the clearance and cleanup of the site of the former Republic Mill #1 to be accomplished in at least two phases. Clearance of the site concerns the removal and appropriate disposal of surface-level debris, building remnants, and hazards on the property including Asbestos Containing Materials (ACM) debris. Cleanup of the site concerns activities to remediate or limit exposure to contamination in the soil and groundwater. This environmental review seeks to clear all phases of the project.
It is anticipated that all work will occur on previously-disturbed land. After environmental clearance, the Town intends to enter into a non-responsible party Voluntary Cleanup Contract agreement with SCDHEC and then purchase the larger property which is currently owned by the Chester County Forfeited Land Commission. The Town already owns the smaller parcel. Project costs for the first phase are estimated at $500,000 in CDBG funds, $126,000 from a SC Brownfields Cleanup Revolving Loan Fund (BCRLF) subgrant and $50,128 in local funds.
Location: The project area is located at the intersection of Dearborn Street and Republic Street in the Town of Great Falls in Chester County, South Carolina. The project area is comprised of two adjacent parcels totaling approximately 13 acres and was once the site of the Republic Mill #1 textile facility. The larger parcel, approximately 11 acres, once contained all of the manufacturing and auxiliary operations from the mill. The smaller parcel, approximately 1.7 acres, was used historically as a driveway and employee parking area.
The Town of Great Falls has determined that the project will have no significant impact on the human environment. Therefore, an Environmental Impact Statement under the National Environmental Policy Act of 1969 (NEPA) is not required. Additional project information is contained in the Environmental Review Record (ERR) on file at the Town of Great Falls offices at the above address and may be examined or copied weekdays between the hours of 8:30 am to 5:00 pm. The Combined Notice can also be found online during the comment period on the Town website at http://www.greatfallssc.org/
Any individual, group or agency may submit written comments to Community Development Office, Catawba Regional Council of Governments, PO Box 450 / 215 Hampton Street, Rock Hill, SC 29731. All comments received during the comment period will be considered by the Town prior to authorizing submission of a request for release of funds. Comments should specify which Notice they are addressing.
The Town of Great Falls certifies to the South Carolina Department of Commerce (DOC) that Lee Montgomery, in his capacity as Mayor, consents to accept the jurisdiction of the Federal Courts if an action is brought to enforce responsibilities in relation to the environmental review process and that these responsibilities have been satisfied. DOC’s approval of the certification satisfies its responsibilities under the NEPA and related laws and authorities, and allows the Town of Great Falls to use CDBG Program funds.
DOC will accept objections to its release of funds and the Town’s certification for a period of fifteen days following the anticipated submission date or its actual receipt of the request (whichever is later) only if they are on one of the following bases: (a) the certification was not executed by the Town’s Certifying Officer; (b) The Town has omitted a step or failed to make a decision or finding required by HUD regulations at 24 CFR Part 58; (c) The Town or other participants in the development process have committed funds, incurred costs, or undertaken activities not authorized by 24 CFR Part 58 before approval of a release of funds by DOC; or (d) another Federal agency acting pursuant to 40 CFR Part 1504 has submitted a written finding that the project is unsatisfactory from the standpoint of environmental quality. Objections must be prepared and submitted in accordance with the required procedure (24 CFR Part 58, Sec. 58.76) and shall be addressed to Department of Commerce, Grants Administration, 1201 Main Street, Suite 1600, Columbia, South Carolina 29201. Potential objectors should contact the DOC Environmental Officer to verify the actual last day of the objection period.
Lee Montgomery, Mayor, Town of Great Falls, SC Date: January 08, 2021