PIEDMONT, SC (WSPA) – Redevelopment is a common theme across the Upstate for the smaller towns that fell to the wayside after the mills closed decades ago.
Piedmont is one of those places situated along the Saluda River in both Greenville and Anderson Counties. But without a clear vision or the funds to move forward, the area has sat untouched. Now though two developers are moving forward with plans to redo and reopen downtown while building on the two old mill sites.
“There’s been a lot of community interest and a lot of community support for blueway development and downtown development engaging the river, which was the lifeline of the mills and still is the lifeline of the community,” said Matt Schell who is the Anderson County Parks Department Manager.
The developers plan to incorporate the ADA complaint kayak launches that Anderson County has placed along the Saluda River over the last decade. So that paired with new business and new residents, the hope is that the community becomes an attraction.