Renderings revealed for West End nine-story mixed-use development

Renderings by Johnston Design Group

Renderings have been released for a nine-story mixed-use development at the corner of Rhett and Wardlaw streets in the West End.

The development is proposed at the site of the former Ballentine Equipment warehouse and three adjoining properties extending to Academy Street that were sold mid-2018 to Lighthouse Greenville LLC. The project was presented in January for advice and comment from the City of Greenville Design Review Board Urban Panel. The project goes before the DRB for a formal review on March 7 during the monthly public hearing.

The design presented during the January meeting of the DRB by Scott Johnston of Johnston Design Group calls for 14,200 square feet of commercial space on the ground level with 244 residential units, a pool, common areas, and a rooftop restaurant for a total of 319,000 square feet of constructed space.

Additionally, the developer will be working with the City of Greenville and Department of Transportation on a pocket park at the corner of Academy and Wardlaw streets to connect the West End to the Prisma Health Swamp Rabbit Trail.

At the January DRB meeting, panelist Danielle Fontaine raised the issue of preserving the former McClaren Medical Shelter at 110 Wardlaw St., which led to discussion of how best to commemorate that part of Greenville’s history, and ultimately the revised version of the plans.

The formal application for a certificate of appropriateness that will be reviewed by the DRB in March shows that the developer intends to move and preserve the McClaren Medical Shelter, a brick building built in 1940 that served the African American community for many years and most recently was used as an art studio.

The plans state that the building will be partially relocated to the corner of Academy and Wardlaw streets, about 50-70 feet from its current location, and adapted into an open air structure to serve as a memorial rather than be demolished, as the property owner previously intended.



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