New Downtown Plan

Your Chance to Voice Your Thoughts

Evan Smith
November 02, 2018 - 8:30 am

For many Greenville residents, not to mention onlookers from outside of the city, the downtown area is a crucial part of the area’s reputation.

None can deny it has been a major factor in the city’s growth over the past two decades -- so much so that, as many of our readers and listeners are aware, Greenville often plays host to mayors and city officials from cities across the country, who come hoping to glean some magic dust as to how they can revitalize their own cities’ downtown areas.

Now Greenville residents themselves will have a chance to shape the future of Greenville’s downtown.

Representatives from Urban Design Associates, which is the architecture firm hired by the city to develop a new downtown master plan, is holding three events next week to garner public input.

These events are essentially open houses where anyone can drop in and share their thoughts. They will be held on the fifth floor of Clemson ONE, located at 1 North Main Street.

The dates for the events are: Tuesday November 6 and Wednesday November 7, both events being hosted from 5 pm to 7 pm.

The following day – Thursday November 8 – the UDA project team will present a draft of its master plan at 6 pm at the same location. The doors will open for that event at 5:30 pm.

The reason for the new master plan is simple: there are a heck of a lot more people moving to Greenville than anyone predicted. Hence, the need for a new plan that accommodate the city’s rapid growth, especially near Main Street and in the West End.

The goal of the new plan – which will consider aspects like building height and density, boundaries for possible expansion of the downtown area, pedestrian connectivity, mixed-use developments, and public green spaces – is to attract and retain businesses, residents and, of course, the increasing flow of visitors from elsewhere in the state and across the country.

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