In 1874, Seneca City was officially born at the junction of the Atlanta and Charlotte Airline Railway and the Blue Ridge Railroad. Though "City" was dropped from the name in 1908, I have revived it to describe the downtown business district and adjacent neighborhoods of Seneca that are included in, or in close proximity to,
the Seneca-Utica opportunity zone.
Today, Seneca is poised for a dramatic rebirth! No town in the area comes close to providing such an excellent footprint for redevelopment. Surrounded by Lake Keowee and Lake Hartwell and only 8 miles from Clemson University, downtown Seneca already offered a blank canvas, ripe for creative development, but now that much of the city square and adjacent residential areas are located in an opportunity zone, Seneca City is ready for renewal!
Census Tract 307.01 is the Oconee County opportunity zone that encompasses a part of Seneca - including a substantial portion of the downtown area - as well as the unincorporated area of Utica. The shaded portion of this map largely identifies the area I refer to as Seneca City.