By Elise Franco
Staff Writer – Spartanburg Herald Journal

Posted Mar 9, 2018 at 6:11 PM
Updated Mar 9, 2018 at 6:12 PM

Drive down Highway 9 through Boiling Springs, and you’re bound to notice all the new restaurants and housing subdivisions.

Community leaders have scratched their heads about how to handle the sprawl for years. And while it can be argued that any growth is positive, Spartanburg Councilman Justin Bradley, who represents the area, said he wants Boiling Springs to continue to grow but under a plan.

“I don’t want to stop the growth, but I want to plan for the growth,” he said. “We have to make sure the infrastructure is there so we can see the right type of businesses come in.”

To gauge how to put a plan in place, Cindi Knox, chairwoman for the Spartanburg Area Chamber of Commerce’s Boiling Springs Area Council, said she’s partnered with Upstate Forever and Heart of Boiling Springs to find out what residents want in their community. Community vision workshops will be held from 5:30-7:30 p.m. March 22 and 6-7:30 p.m. April 26 at Boiling Springs First Baptist Church, 3600 Boiling Springs Road.

“I think everybody would like to have a say-so in what happens around them. It gives them a sense of pride,” Knox said. “I think if you have a vision and you can get the people to work with and behind you to bring that to realization, that’s your goal.”