Upstate Business Journal

City of Greenville launches online Downtown Reborn visual guide

A new tool provides before-and-after photos of city’s biggest projects along with an interactive map showing private and public dollars invested in each.

March 15, 2017

by Ariel Turner

Ever wondered what Main Street looked like when it was four lanes instead of two? Or how the Reedy River banks looked before RiverPlace dominated? And how about the amount of private versus public dollars that are invested in these particular projects?

A new City of Greenville project, Downtown Reborn, launched today on the city’s website, provides all of those answers via a visual map of downtown along with an interactive map showing investment dollars on the most notable downtown landmarks, such as the Poinsett Hotel, the Peace Center, RiverPlace, and Project ONE.

A timeline with backstory for each listed date takes the reader down memory lane from 1968 to the present, highlighting the ’68 development plan, the new streetscape implementation beginning in ’79, the Hyatt and Peace Center projects in the early ’80s and ’90s respectively, on through the revitalization of the West End, the then-BI-LO Center (now Bon Secours Wellness Arena) construction, the Reedy River to the 2008 master plan on through to the present.

The master plan will be continually updated.

Take it for a spin at


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