MAULDIN, S.C. (WSPA) – Mauldin city leaders unveiled new renderings of the proposed multi-million dollar city center redevelopment project Wednesday.
“When I moved here, we had 8,000 people in Mauldin [and] one stoplight with no left turn on it,” James Stringfield said.
Stringfield has seen firsthand how growth has impacted his city. That’s why he’s against the proposed $250 million city center.
“I don’t see how they can make it work,” he told 7 News.
The development will feature offices, apartments and plenty of green space. City leaders hope it will have a similar feel to the Avalon in Atlanta, Georgia.
“This master plan is a good thing for us,” local business owner Emilio Porras said.
City of Mauldin Community Development Director Van Broad said the project was privately funded, but some taxpayer money will be used.
“Any of the infrastructure [such as] roads, streets, sidewalks, street lights, utilities, parks, parking decks. We can reimburse the developer for those public access projects,” Broad said.
The city owns twelve of the 24 acres where the development will be built, according to Broad. He said the city is in the process of selling those 12 acres to the developer, Contour Development Group, for a little more than $3 million.
The other 12 acres are private property. Broad said the developer has been working with landowners to purchase it.
“Do you believe that even if you don’t get all 24 acres you’ll still move forward with the project?” 7 News reporter Stefany Bornman asked.
“Oh yes ma’am,” Broad said.
Stephanie Pike said her home is near the proposed development and she has yet to hear from anyone.
“I would much rather see this than the old dilapidated buildings that are there now,” she said. “I’m not against it. I would like to know more about it since I live here.”
Broad told 7 News the city will have a limited say in it since the project is privately funded. However, zoning requirements will allow them to have a say in what will be built on the property.