Public mixed-use space will be ‘a regional draw’
Greenville’s Monaghan Mill area will soon include a 6-acre mixed-use park with green space, an event venue, walking trails and an expanded local business. Located on the old Monaghan Mill parking lot and across the street from the Lofts of Greenville, the yet-unnamed park will incorporate elements of Greenville’s textile history to elevate the quality of the neighborhood, according to planners.
“It has not been utilized for anything for years,” said Douglas Dent, who is working on the project through the Greenville Revitalization Corporation and the Greenville County Redevelopment Authority. “It’s going to be a regional draw, and I think people from the surrounding communities will benefit from it as well.”
Close to the Greenville Health System Swamp Rabbit Trail and appraised at $1.2 million, the plot is a gift from Burt Mosier LLC, the development firm behind the 194-apartment Lofts of Greenville and 150-unit Brandon Mill. At one point, the company had plans for a park on the property, but decided to donate it to Greenville Revitalization Corp. instead, according to Kelly Beasley with the development firm.
“Really and truly, it will help beautify this neighborhood and help the community move in a positive direction,” said Beasley. “It’s a beautiful spot to be.”
The site is already home to an adult daycare center at 21 McBeth St., which will be expanded by the construction of an additional 5,000-square-foot building, said Dent. The park will include an open-air event venue and nearly 100 parking spaces, which can be used by the Monaghan Methodist Church on the northeast corner.
Part of the reason the land went unused was because a portion is designated as a floodplain, which means it can’t be used for permanent structures. The park plan calls for walking trails on that portion instead, and could lend itself to interesting work from project partners at the Greenville Textile Heritage Society, said Dent.
The neighborhood is one of the more stable mill villages in the textile crescent, partially due to efforts by the Greenville County Redevelopment Authority, said Dent. Homeownership, for example, sits at around 50 percent, which is good for the area, he said.
“I think it will definitely be a community feature,” he said.