Pendleton Street Baptist Church, located across from Fluor Field and a downtown Greenville fixture since the 1890s, voted this past weekend to move forward with selling a majority of its property to apartment developer Woodfield Investments.
The church entered into a contract to sell three acres of its 4.5-acre property at 1100 S. Main St. and 8 Perry Ave., keeping a small corner at Markley and Rhett Streets. After weighing remodeling vs. new construction costs, the church is planning to construct a new facility, said Marty Price, senior pastor.
The proposed 270-unit apartment complex will be a class-AA community, featuring one-, two- and three-bedroom units with all upscale amenities including a swimming pool, courtyards, fitness and club areas, said Brian Schick with Woodfield Investments. The project would be built using a pre-cast garage model with the units wrapping around the parking so it is not visible from the street.
Woodfield develops apartment communities geared towards institutional investment trusts. This will be their second project in the Upstate; the first is the recently opened Innovation at Millennium apartments located on the Millennium Campus.
Even with other ongoing and announced apartment projects, Schick said Greenville has a “tremendous amount of potential” and he still believes there is “significant need for this type of product in the downtown area.
“It’s a win-win for the church and has been very strongly received by the congregation,” he said.
The church is currently determining its priorities and ministry plan and will probably need to find space to relocate temporarily during construction, Price said.
In May, the church was approved for a zoning change, from C-3 regional commercial district to C-4 central business district, which allows a denser, urban-type development.
Assuming everything goes as planned, Schick said they hope to begin construction in late winter 2016, with leasing available spring 2017.
The project will go before the city Design Review Board after Woodfield’s 90-day due diligence period, at which time renderings will be available.