GREENVILLE, S.C. (WSPA) – More business is coming to Greenville.
On Thursday, the Greenville Planning Commission approved Verdae Development, Inc. to start the installation of infrastructure and land sales process in the area where the old Sam’s Club and Best Buy used to be on Laurens Road.
“It was pretty busy,” said Ash Young who lives in Greenville. “I remember the Best Buy was over there I think. It used to be a really developed area.”
It’s now an empty parking lot of asphalt painted with spurts of weeds.
“It made it look like this side was fading out, forgotten about,” Young said.
The project is part of a plan proposed in 2014 to develop 100 acres between Laurens and Woodruff roads.
“If they’re going to put some stuff right here, it will be a good aspect for Laurens Road because there’s nothing really over here,” said Shay Robinson who lives in Greenville.
Verdae Development says they expect to start building on one or more parcels within the year.
The main part of the project is developing 30 acres where the two stores used to be for mixed use development.
“Any business for Greenville is good, so bring it on,” Young said.
Greenville City Councilman, David Sudduth, who represents District 4 released a statement saying:The proposed development will add a much needed economic boost to the Lauren’s Road corridor. I have great confidence this will be a very high quality project due to the standards of Verdae Development. This development will also benefit from the City’s planned GHS Swamp Rabbit Trail extension connecting the CUICAR campus to downtown. Many of our City residents in this area will benefit.
People will be able to access the future Swamp Rabbit Trail extension from the new development, but the first step is the creation of Verdae Commons Drive. The road will primarily serve the new development, but it will also connect Verdae Boulevard to Woodruff Road in the future.
Verdae Development says they hope to start construction on about a quarter mile of the road in the next few weeks. It will also have 38,000 feet of bike lanes and sidewalks, new street lights, and a roundabout to make it more pedestrian friendly.
The Planning Commission is also holding public hearings. Residents say they want to see new restaurants and shops in the area. They say it will positively add to an already growing Greenville.
“We’ll probably be in the area for a couple more years, so even just coming back to Greenville and having another place to go and shop will be way better than what it is now,” said Adian Vannoy, a Greenville resident.
People are also hopeful that the new construction might relieve traffic on Woodruff Rd.