A thin agenda and absent board member meant record time for the March Planning Commission meeting, which had attendees in and out in just 28 minutes. The agenda included three subdivision applications, one for rezoning, and one to annex and rezone near the Greenville Downtown Airport. The first item – a three-lot subdivision on Perry Avenue – was postponed until the April 21 meeting.
Self-storage facility on Pelham Road
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This proposed project would include 84,000 square feet of climate-controlled and non-climate-controlled self-storage space in addition to 2,320 square feet of office and retail space. The site has been vacant for more than eight years, according to applicant David Barker. It is situated between two multi-family developments and across Pelham Road from existing and planned office, commercial and retail development. Site plans include a sidewalk and trees to match the surrounding developments. City staff noted that the proposed project may need adjustments to include residential components. Upon city staff recommendations, the commission voted unanimously to postpone a decision until April 21.
Single-family homes in the Sterling neighborhood
Reid Hipp of Carolina Crafted Construction requested the subdivision of three lots into five for a five-unit development of single-family detached homes in the Sterling Special Emphasis neighborhood. Special Emphasis neighborhoods are characterized by higher concentrations of low-to-moderate income households, according to the city. Greenville has 13 recognized Special Emphasis neighborhoods and has concentrated revitalization efforts in these areas.
Two of the three Sterling lots are vacant, and the third contains a dwelling that will be demolished as part of the project. The developer will add curbs, gutters and sidewalks, as well as widen Griffin Street, which does not currently meet the city’s minimum road standards. Hipp said the Sterling land trust board was comfortable with the renderings and site plans, and he will address their concerns about recessed driveways, garages and porte-cochères. City staff recommended approving the subdivision with conditions, which the board did unanimously.
New homes south of Pendleton Street. in the Village of West Greenville
Applicant Drew Parker hopes to build seven new single-family detached homes along Burdette Street in the Village of West Greenville, just south of Pendleton Street within the surrounding residential neighborhood. The proposed project requires the subdivision of three lots into seven, each with 6,430 square feet and frontage on Burdette Street. Two of the three lots contain dwellings, and the third is vacant. City staff advised that the development would require new sidewalks and curb cuts, and Parker said he would be fine with building sidewalks around the entirety of the block.
A resident who lives directly across from the proposed development spoke in favor of the project, saying the development would be good for the neighborhood and ongoing mill redevelopments. The commission approved the subdivision with conditions in accordance to city staff recommendations.
Flex and office space on Airport Road
Central Realty Holdings hopes to develop flex and office space with a planned “industrial use” on 11.8 acres at the end of the Greenville Downtown Airport runway. Central applied to annex the long-vacant parcels at Airport Road, Transit Drive and Jimmy Doolittle Drive into the city, which technically required a rezoning from Services District (County) to Service District (City).
After much discussion of an apparent “hole” in one parcel created by another smaller enclosed parcel, the commission approved the project unanimously with conditions.