City, consultants seek public input on Wade Hampton Boulevard development plans

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Greenville city leaders are asking for your help in revamping the city’s Wade Hampton Boulevard Corridor, which is a two mile stretch between Church Street and Bob Jones University.

With the NorthPointe development at the corner of Wade Hampton Boulevard and Church Street, which includes a grocery store, apartments, and commercial space, some are suggesting it’s time to evaluate what else can be done with the roadway.

Wade Hampton Boulevard is one of the state’s oldest highways, but now Greenville city leaders are looking to its future. The city has commissioned local consulting firm Arnett Muldrow and Associates to check out possibilities for the two mile stretch from downtown to Bob Jones University.

“The city of Greenville is growing and changing, and so they want to look at Wade Hampton Boulevard as one of the principle gateways to the city,” said Tripp Muldrow, who is a principal at the consulting firm working on the project.

Planners started evaluating this part of Wade Hampton Boulevard about eight weeks ago in March. Muldrow told 7 News they are looking at opportunities for private sector investment, how the road interfaces with the adjoining neighborhood, how to better connect people who live in those neighborhoods to the corridor, and the improvements the road itself needs.

They want the public’s input, especially since about 15,000 people live in the neighborhoods surrounding the two mile stretch Muldrow said.

“It’s actually experienced about seven percent growth in number of households between 2010 and 2018,” he said. “So it’s an area that’s changing. It’s growing just like the whole city is growing, and so we want to take into account and understand some of those dynamics, as well.”

Tuesday they hosted the first two of three sessions to hear from the public on what they think about the challenges the project presents and the opportunities it provides.    

The public is also invited to learn more and give input at the conference room on the first floor of Greenville City Hall Wednesday from 8 to 11:30 a.m. 

Muldrow told 7 News his firm could be making policy recommendations within a year, but it may take two or three years for people to start seeing signs of other developments along Wade Hampton Boulevard.

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