Board approves South Main project after design tweaks
With slight revisions to the design, Greenville’s Design Review Board gave approval last week for the South Main at River mixed-use project planned for 702 S. Main Street.
The project at the corners of Main, River and Augusta streets will feature 30 apartments and 4,200 square feet of retail on the ground floor.
Design changes include increasing setbacks for the upper two floors from 10 feet to 20 feet, stepping back the top floor along River Street, and simplifying some of the materials, said project architect Stuart Stenger of Craig Gaulden Davis. In addition, more brick, terracotta and transom windows were added “in keeping with the West End” feel, he said.
The building will be four stories facing Main Street and then step up to six stories, about the same height as other West End developments like the Field House and the Custom House. A rooftop area at the corner of Main and River will serve as an outdoor community area, Stenger said.
Plans also 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.
The South Main at River 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.
The design will now head to the Greenville City Council for approval. Stenger is hopeful the council will vote in January to amend a previous agreement with developer Steve Mack, owner of STM Acquisition & Development, which specified that the facades of two historic buildings previously on the site be used or replicated in any new construction.
The agreement was drafted in 2008 after Mack’s 2006 request to demolish the two 1800s-era buildings was rejected by the city’s Design and Preservation Committee. Mack took the issue to a Circuit Court, which negotiated the settlement facade agreement during mediation. The two buildings were demolished and the corner has sat vacant since then.
Stenger says the former facades don’t fit the changes the West End has experienced in the past six years.