The South Carolina Capitol in Columbia. (File/FOX Carolina)
COLUMBIA, SC (AP) -
The South Carolina House has approved a measure aimed at turning abandoned buildings into bustling commercial space.
The House voted 108-0 on Wednesday on the "Abandoned Buildings Revitalization Act." It gives a 25 percent state income tax credit to businesses investing at least $500,000 in a building vacated for at least five years.
Democratic Rep. James Smith, of Columbia, said it's about bringing jobs and economic development to blighted areas.
According to a study by the Palmetto Trust for Historic Preservation, the measure would generate about $20 in revenue for every dollar of tax credit.
Advocates point to the success of a similar law approved years ago specifically for the renovation of old textile mills.
The measure requires another perfunctory vote to move to the Senate.
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