ORANGEBURG, S.C. — The start of something new is happening in Orangeburg. 

In an attempt to create more foot traffic and bring more activity downtown, the downtown Orangeburg Revitalization Association along with the city, broke ground on the new open air pavilion. 

This 6,200 square foot venue which will house space for 32 vendors and accomdate neighborhood festivals, will serve as the permanent home for the Orangeburg farmers market and other community events. 

Candace Robertson, executive director of the downtown Orangeburg Revitalization Association says the association views this as a way to impact the quality of life in the  community and create an economic impact. 

Robertson says, "This is adding another quality of life component to our downtown and not just quality of life and having a venue and to have tourism activities but it also adds economic impact to the community. This is $900,000 we’re investing into the downtown area." 

An opening date for the pavilion has not been set.