Developer envisions ‘urban village’ for former DMV site

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[ ABOVE: Site design conceptual drawing by Seamon Whiteside ]

Mixed-use project planned for 10-acre property along Laurens Road

 

A 10-acre site along Laurens Road, once home to the Department of Motor Vehicles, could be one of Greenville County’s newest mixed-use developments.

A local developer hopes to revitalize the property, which also housed Department of Transportation and Highway Patrol offices until the site closed in 2008, with a mixed-use project that would include apartments, retail, office and access to the GHS Swamp Rabbit Trail.

Laurens Village, at the corner of Laurens and Airport roads, is still in the planning stages, but developer Marcus McCall with McCall Capital foresees an “urban village” concept with tree-lined streets and entryways, courtyards, parks and greenspace areas.

Preliminary plans for the 10-acre site call for several four-story buildings containing 300 studio, one- and two-bedroom apartments called Enclave at Laurens Village, 17,000 square feet of office space, 13,000 square feet of retail and 8,000 square feet for an anchor restaurant. The project would feature a “village green” entrance on Airport Road, heavily landscaped with trees and greenery, said McCall.

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Retail could include a coffee shop and bike shop, and McCall hopes to attract a local restaurateur. The Enclave apartments would include the usual high-end amenities, including a fitness facility and swimming pool, McCall said. It would be a true live-work-play concept targeted to millennials, but affordable, he stressed.

Preliminary plans also include a public pocket park area, pathways and access to the Swamp Rabbit Trail. Parking would be plentiful with both a parking garage and street-level parking.

McCall said he is still in the due diligence phase, including a non-responsible party Voluntary Cleanup Program with DHEC. He hopes to close on the property within 90 days. Construction could begin in the second quarter of 2016 and take approximately 12-18 months.

Greenville-based McCall Capital has been in business since 2003 and has more than $140 million in mixed-use and apartment assets in the Carolinas and Virginia. The company is currently working on a $20 million renovation into the Hotel Bristol, a boutique hotel in Bristol, Va., and this fall will begin phase 2, an additional 174 apartments, at the Enclave Paris Mountain.

McMillan Pazdan Smith is the architect.

 

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