River area development plan presented to Piedmont Public Service Commission


By Stan Welch
Richard Greer, representative of State Investors development corporation presented his company’s plan for the development of the area along the river in the downtown to the Piedmont Public Service Commission Monday night.
The project, which Greer says is pretty well fixed, will include from fifty to sixty townhouses contained in six different buildings. The plan refers to them as apartments. Greer explained that the textile rehabilitation credits received require that the properties produce income for the first three years. “The units will be sold as a three year rental, followed by ownership. This will be an owner occupied property. That’s they way the Greenville projects were developed,” said Greer.
In addition, what Greer calls “a huge amount of public space” will also be available. An area directly behind the Piedmont Community building will be used for public space. The Piedmont Public Service Commission and Greer’s company will work together to decide on the nature of the space’s use.
“We want to be a part of the community, not apart from it,” said Greer. “We also have a park planned that will use the old smoke stack as its center. That aspect of the project has us very excited.”
There will be four ways in and out of the area, providing excellent public access. Parking will be set aside for the public and for those using the two kayak facilities.
Greer’s company is also involved in development of the upper and lower mill sites in Pelzer.

Click here to see pdf version of the development plan presented

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