Markley Row plans win conditional OK

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A reimagined Markley Row project by developer Ron Rallis gained conditional approval last week from the City of Greenville Design Review Board.

Plans call for 10 townhomes, five buildings with two townhomes each, located at 101-109 N. Markley St. in the West End’s warehouse district.

Each three-story home will be approximately 3,100 square feet and have several floor plans to choose from with three or four bedrooms, master suites, rear-entry garages, two laundry rooms, top-of-the-line appliances, a design package, multiple porches including a rooftop deck and 10-foot swivel front doors. Prices will begin in the $900,000 range.

A traffic arm at the rear driveway access will keep parking private and ensure drivers don’t try to use it as a “cut-through.”

The DRB said that the materials, which include brick and lap siding, and the overall design is fine, but the applicants need to work with city staff and two DRB members informally to ensure the turning radiuses into the rear-entry garages are sufficient and that the DRB guidelines for “activation,” pedestrian activity and connection to the street are met. City staff has already recommended approval of the project.

Plans for the original project approved last year had called for six luxury single-family homes in a gated community.

The project will also be reviewed at the June 18 Planning Commission meeting to subdivide the five existing lots into 10 lots.

If approved, construction is set to begin on the first two buildings as soon as permits are obtained.

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