Developer wants to turn historic Hayne School into condos


Above: Rendering by Johnston Design Group.

A Greenville developer wants to convert the historic Hayne School into condominiums. The plan calls for construction of 18 townhomes on the sides and rear of the property and a pocket park in the middle.

Babcock Investment Company’s plan would convert the school on Toy Street into 14 condominiums, six that would have rooftop terraces that offer views of Paris Mountain, said Helen Mittelstadt, an architect with Johnston Design Group who is working on the project.

SC Telco Federal Credit Union owns the property and had its office there.

The City of Greenville’s Design Review Board Neighborhood will consider Babcock’s application for a certificate of appropriateness at its Dec. 1 meeting. An informal review of the project received positive comments from the panel last month.

“We think the development will have a symbiotic relationship with the neighborhood,” Mittelstadt said.

The property is in the Pettigru Historic District, the largest historic district in the city. The school, built in 1919, was one of the major building projects of J.L. Mann, superintendent of the Greenville County School District, said Greenville historian Judy Bainbridge. It is named after P.T. Hayne, a long-time chairman of the school district’s board of trustees who started one of Greenville’s first lending libraries in downtown for young men.

The school was built to serve the Boyce Lawn district, which was one of the city’s most elite residential areas in the 1890s, Bainbridge said. The school closed in 1970.

Mittelstadt said the renovated school will have historic replica windows and will fit the character of the neighborhood.



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