Vision

Initiatives

Rhame Arena Renovation

This design-build project consists of the architectural renovation of Rhame Arena to make it a year round venue for tourism, recreational and community events, as well as an iconic gateway feature into the heart of downtown Camden.  


Wayfinding Master Plan

The City has teamed with SkyDesign of Atlanta, GA to develop a wayfinding signage program throughout the City consisting of such elements as gateway signage, directional signage, historical markers, neighborhood markers, pedestrian kiosks, and other items to enhance the visitor experience and ease travel around the City. The signage will incorporate the City's new 'Classically Carolina™' brand imagery.  


Tourism Development

In 2013, the City hired Arnett Muldrow of Greenville, SC to complete a strategic tourism, marketing and retail market analysis for Camden. The City is currently engaged with Kershaw County in a partnership to promote tourism in the area. The efforts are managed by the City's Economic Development Office.  


King Haigler Clock Tower

In 2014, the City acquired the King Haigler Clock Tower building with hopes of embarking on a downtown redevelopment project.  


1001 Broad Street Property

In 2013, the City purchased and demolished the former MaxWay building at 1001 Broad Street. In the short term, the City has developed a greenspace for the area with plans of redeveloping the parcel through public-private partnerships. The City is actively accepting development proposals for this key property. Click here to view the City's request for proposals or contact Economic Development Director Wade Luther.   


Camden Truck Route and Broad Street Road Diet

The South Carolina Department of Transportation along with the Santee-Lynches Council of Governments has plans for implementing the Camden Truck Route by 2017. This work must be completed prior to any construction of the Broad Street Road Diet. In 2010, the City was awarded a TIGER II Planning Grant from the Federal Highway Administration to put Broad Street into a two-lane boulevard with dedicated turn lanes, angled parking, landscaped medians and multiple mid-block crosswalks.  

Environmental Assessment for the Camden Truck Route and Broad Street Road Diet

Broad Street Road Diet Animation


Town Green

Opened in 2011, the Town Green combined the rehabilitation of a blighted parking lot and the creation of a new greenspace in the core of downtown Camden. Once an aging, damaged parking lot with serious stormwater issues, the area was transformed into a beautiful park surrounded by pervious concrete parking areas and event space pre-wired to accommodate performance acts. The Town Green is home to two bronze statues of King Hagler of the Catawba tribe and Col. Joseph Kershaw, one of the founders of present day Camden, gifted by John A. “Johnny” Hagins, Jr. in honor of his father, the late John Argis Hagins, Sr.


DPZ Vision Plan

In 2007, the City engaged its citizens in a comprehensive vision process for the future of our downtown. This resulted in a desire for downtown to be a destination rather than a byway, revitalized with new restaurants, shops, and housing opportunities. The Town Green was the first step in the physical transformation of downtown.  The Broad Street Road Diet is also included in this plan. Other projects developed as a result of this planning process, like the Haigler and Arthur Lane Parking Lot, Commerce Alley Transformation, Facade Grant program, and the acquisition of the former Mather Academy Property.