Pendleton Street Baptist Church approved for rezoning

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Pendleton Street Baptist Church, located across from Fluor Field and a downtown Greenville fixture since the 1890s, received final approval this week to rezone its property at 1100 S. Main St. and 8 Perry Ave., from C-3, regional commercial district, to C-4, central business district.

City Council passed the zoning change by a narrow 4-3 vote. Lillian Brock Flemming, Jil Littlejohn and Gaye Sprague voted against it. “I think this change is too abrupt from one of our lowest zoning uses,” said Sprague.

The new zoning is actually more restrictive but allows a higher density for possible future development. C-4 zoning also does not require a minimum 10-foot front setback that is required with C-3 zoning.

Church leaders said the new zoning provides them with “the most flexibility” and said their intent is “to stay on the property but reformat it.”

Several “suitors” have expressed interest in the property, especially with its easy access to parking. Church officials said that nothing specific is currently planned and the congregation would first vote on any potential plans.

Robbie Ward contributed to this story

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