Shoeless Joe Jackson museum may relocate to make way for luxury apartments

News

Redeveloping West Greenville could mean relocating a popular tourist attraction near Flour Field. 

Plans were submitted, by Charlotte-based Woodfield Development, to build a luxury apartment complex on the Shoeless Joe Jackson museum property. 

The museum board of directors voted in favor of the project, despite having to move. Arlene Marclay tells 7News the board feels confident in their decision, because the developer is incorporating elements of Shoeless Joe Jackson into the apartment complex. 

408 Jackson, that’s the name of the proposed work-live-and-play community. The name pays homage to the Upstate’s very own Joseph Jackson.

Jackson was one of the greatest hitters in baseball history. 

“We choose 408 Jackson, because he still holds the record in major league baseball for the highest batting average in a rookie season,” said Brian Schick, of Woodfield Development

The luxury development will feature five stories, 237 units, a garage and 4,400 square feet of retail space. 

If built, it’ll be just steps away from Flour Field on the Shoeless Joe Jackson museum property. 

“We think it will certainly enhance the ground and it will allow for increased public traffic,” Marclay told 7News. 

The museum will relocate to the other end of the property as part of the deal with the developer. 

“We will still be across the street from Flour Field,” Marclay said. “Across from the VIP entrance.” 

The office building behind the museum will be leveled. 

However, not everyone agrees with the proposed complex. That’ll average rent of $1,800 a month, according to the developer. 

“It is disappointing that we don’t continue to try to solve the problem of affordable housing,” Lorain Crowl, the Executive Director of Greenville’s United Housing Connections. “Yet, we continue to build these large complexes that literally the average person in our community cannot afford.” 

Marclay says if there are no hiccups in the timeline for the project, they could be relocated by November. 

Plans for 408 Jackson will go before the design board on April 4. 

Woodfield Development also built The Green apartments on South Main Street in Greenville. 

Copyright 2019 Nexstar Broadcasting, Inc. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten, or redistributed.

Things to Do
Color Your Weather
Racing News
wspa news app free for download choose your store below
download the wspa news app from the apple app store
download the wspa news app from the google play store