The starting bid for the 298 acres: $1,250,000.The property bidders are fighting over is a popular tailgating spot off of Bluff Road behind Gamecock Park.Two of the bidders are Vulcan Materials and USC Development Foundation. A third company with ties to golf course development also submitted a bid by the Sept. 10 deadline to take part in the auction.
“In this particular case, we know there is rock on it. Finding rock this close to the fall line is not something that you find every day. It would be a nice compliment to this particular quarry,” said Vulcan Materials media director, Jimmy Fleming.
The group Sustainable Midlands said last Tuesday that if Vulcan Materials obtains the land, they would fight the development of a rock quarry.
“I understand that there is a need for stone, but this is not the place. That area right down there does not need to have a quarry, that sets back all of the progress that we've had,” said Sustainable Midlands Director, Stephen Stokes.
USC wants to develop the land for student use.
“What we would like to do with the property is put in intramural playing fields,” said USC Development Foundation Director, Russell Meekin.
The golf course development company would not talk about its plans to the media until after the auction.
The current owner of the land, Bill Gregg, went into bankruptcy early last year. The actual auction will be held on Sept. 18. in U.S. Bankruptcy Court in Columbia.