The City of Greenville has tasked consultants out of Pennsylvania with developing a new master plan for downtown. This week, they’re listening to what people in the community have to say.
“Everybody sort of has a sort of little different perception about what the city needs or how it could improve depending on where they live and where they work,” said Rob Robinson, chairman of Urban Design Associates.
Tuesday night, consultants heard from the public at the second of three public workshops this week.
“The consultants really want to help the city take it to the next level,” said Mary Douglas Hirsch, who is a real estate development manager for the City of Greenville.
One recurring theme consultants are hearing about is the need for connectivity, both in physical spaces and between leaders and the community.
Other issues include tough questions about gentrification and transportation issues.
“We’re hearing a lot about how do we retain our character, and then how do we make Greenville a place for everybody, folks who grew up here, versus folks coming in here,” Robinson said.
In the end, Robinson said it’s about being intentional about Greenville’s future.
“You’re an envy of the nation for this size a city and what you have to offer folks, but that’s only going so far,” he said. “You know, now that you’re going through this phase, it’s like time out…can we pause a minute and say where do we want to be when we grow up?”
The city is hosting the third and final workshop Thursday night from 5 to 7 p.m. at the Clemson ONE building in downtown Greenville.
The consultants will present a draft of the downtown master plan on Thursday night.