Apartments, retail planned for Main and River site downtown

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In the ever-changing landscape of downtown Greenville, the long-vacant corner at Main and River streets may soon be home to new retail shops and apartments.

Plans were filed with the city’s Design Review Board this week for the project, known as South Main at River. The 0.23-acre property will feature 30-40 apartments and 4,200 square feet of retail on the ground floor.

Steve Mack, owner of STM Acquisition & Development, will be the developer of the property at 702 S. Main St., across from the Greenville Army Store.

The building will be four stories along Main Street and then step up to six stories, similar to other West End developments like the Field House and the Custom House. A rooftop area at the corner of Main and River streets will serve as an outdoor community area.

The architect of the project, Stuart Stenger with Craig Gaulden Davis, said that Mack really wanted a “unique building” and something that wasn’t already in Greenville. “We wanted to express the vibrancy and attitude of the West End,” Stenger said. He designed the structure to “pay homage” to the historic buildings already in the area.

Some of the details are still being ironed out as the project is still very much “conceptual at this point,” said Stenger, but plans call for a contemporary art feature in front of the project along Main Street and a six-story water feature with unique lighting along River Street. “It will be very pedestrian-friendly,” he said.

The development will be adjacent to the six-story, 217-unit Link Apartments complex at Rhett and River streets, to be built by North Carolina developer Grubb Properties. Some covered parking spaces will be available behind the South Main at River project and the development will also share space in the parking garage of the Link Apartments.

The project will be reviewed at the Nov. 6 DRB Meeting. If approved, construction will begin summer or fall 2015 and take approximately 12-18 months to complete.

Rendering by Craig Gaulden Davis

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