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Greenville Co. Council passes $1B downtown redevelopment plan

GREENVILLE, SC (WSPA) - In a final reading, Greenville County Council approved a redevelopment plan that would beautify 37-acres near downtown Greenville.

Project construction would take place in the area of South Church Street and University Ridge.

County council members unanimously passed the proposal without discussion on Tuesday night.

Only one person spoke out against the plan.

Greenville resident Clarence Thornton raised concerns about what would happen to low-income folks.

"What they're basically saying is that this facility is going to be for the wealthy and the billionaires, and that they can distribute the property because of it's value," Thornton said. 

With the green light given, construction is scheduled to move forward within the next 12 to 18 months.

The first phase of the project includes building a new county building expected to cost roughly $60 million.

The second phase includes development of commercial, residential and recreational areas, described as looking like "a second downtown."

"High-rise buildings, apartment buildings, restaurants, retail, offices, all of those things that bring revenue and people and activity in to the urban area which is where it belongs," explained County Councilman Butch Kirven.

Council members said they hope to make money off the project.

According to Kirven, selling the land to developers should cover the cost of a new county building.

The land would also become taxable, bringing in more revenue.

"I can promise you it's going to be exceptional and very nice, and people are going to love it," Kirven said.


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