GREENVILLE, SC – Will it even be a park?
Concerns were raised at Tuesday night’s Greenville County Council meeting over what the future holds for a planned park sitting in Historic Monaghan Mill Village.
People living in the area took the podium to address County council about rumors they’d been hearing, explaining that they were made aware of the possibility that apartments may be built, instead of the green space promised.
They newly named ‘Greenville Textile Heritage Park,’ has been in the works for several years, and had a groundbreaking about a week ago on March 26th.
Several residents said they felt they’ve been left out of the loop with plans.
“We just really want transparency,” said Monaghan Mill Village resident Samantha Sudano. “We want to know what’s happening with the park, we want to know why, after 3 years, we’re still driving by a big parking lot with piles of asphalt.”
Sudano also told 7 News at the meeting that many of her neighbors were not in favor of an apartment complex in that designated space.
“That park is not a place for apartments. Maybe somewhere else in Monaghan, but not in a park.”
It turned out that the residents concerns were not off-base.
According to Greenville County Councilman, Willis Meadows, the Greenville County Redevelopment Authority, or GCRA, did the consider the idea to put in apartments about 3 months ago.
“They were considered,” he told 7 News, but proceeded to say that the idea has been scrapped and is likely off the table for good.
“It could come back up but I don’t see that it would pass, because what I think the community wants and as a representative of the community, I would support them having a park.”
Still, those who called the area home asked the County Council for better transparency in the building process and a chance to be part of the solution.