GREENVILLE, S.C. (WSPA) – A contentious mixed-use project in Greenville will move forward following approval Monday evening by city council.
Greenville City Council voted 4-3 to approve annexation and rezoning for the Woven project in West Greenville.
The project, located along Pendleton Street between Traction Street and Saco Street, is expected to include 214 residential units, 30,000 square feet of commercial space, and a pocket park.
“The Planning Commission went from being opposed to the project to being for it. The architecture was changed to be much more minimal for the neighborhood,” said Mayor Knox White.
20 percent, or 44, of the project’s residential units will be affordable.
“The affordability component went from 10% to 20%. So, we felt good about those. We still certainly have a lot of people that have a lot of issues about the size and all,” said the Mayor.
“But, I feel like at the end of the day, it’s been downsized and brings a lot of positives to the neighborhood.”
The project was downsized following community opposition and multiple planning commission meetings, public hearings, and workshops dating back to July 2022.
The planning commission finally recommended approval for the project in late November after the developer removed the top floor of the building away from Pendleton Street, lowered the number of residential units from 254 to 214, and increased the percentage of affordable units from 10 percent to 20 percent.
Not everyone is ready for the construction.
“A five-story commercial storefront with luxury apartments, they don’t belong in West Greenville,” said Cherington Shucker.
Councilwoman Lillian Brock Flemming represents the district, she voted against the project.
“The people that I represent in the community, that’s the ones that are going to be impacted,” said the councilwoman. “The people who live on those streets, along in the houses along those streets are going to be impacted. And those who have businesses.”
She said there will be traffic and construction problems.
“I’m concerned, because going all the way back, the people in West Greenville were never consulted,” she said.
Mayor Knox White said he understands people’s concerns.
“I think when you have an area that’s growing, you’re going to have a lot more traffic,” said Mayor White.
Cherington Shucker said she lives and owns a business in the area.
“The construction over the next two to three years will have a significant impact on the small business that I own with my husband,” she said.
Shucker expressed her concerns about property values going up.
“That’s really disappointing, it’s going to push more people to the margin if not out of the city limits,” she said.
The mayor said he thinks property values will go up, but not as much because of the affordable housing.
“I certainly respect all the views that were expressed, we’re trying to create something unique and different in the West End business district,” he said.
City leaders said construction is expected to begin by the end of the year. Mayor White said the land has already been secured, with a big portion of it being empty space.