The new year will bring a new look to the City of Greer, as they expand sidewalks, roads and buildings.
It’s a multi-million dollar project that’s taken years to plan, now shop owners are bracing for change.
The close knit Greer community is ready for a face lift, all with no tax increase to homeowner, thanks to new people moving in every day.
James Carter owns Empire Limited, where he sells high end men’s wear on consignment, the shop was born out of a simple bow-tie. Now he owns the building his store occupies and it sits right in the middle of downtown Greer.
James Carter says, ” I’m really excited revitalization of Greer has been up and coming. It’s a five year plan, they’re going to revitalize this whole strip down here through trade street.”
A contractor out of Gaffney submitted bid for 11.75 million dollars to make it happen. With input from business owners, they want to create a more cohesive community.
Steve Owens is Greer Communications Manager, “Creating a shared area for pedestrians or bicyclist and even for vehicles.”
Laura Hoye and her husband are looking to relocate from New York. Laura says, “This town has charm, it has a lot of appeal, it’s a diamond in the ruff, the potential is amazing.”
While construction happens at their front doors, the city and county provided money and resources to beautify the back doors of effected businesses. James can now cater to his clients no matter how they enter his store.
James says, “They’ll be really a nice opportunity to come down here and see some of the different advantages Greer is going to have over a lot of the cities in this upstate area.”
The contract bid from Gaffney was submitted on November 8th and after 14 days of no objections that bid will be accepted. The downtown redevelopment will include a privately funded hotel and a city funded parking garage.
The ground breaking is set for January of 2019 and the project should end June 30th 2020.
To follow their progress go to www. Futuregreer.com.