Revised 55 Camperdown project approved by Design Review Board

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The City of Greenville Design Review Board has approved with conditions a certificate of appropriateness for a revised project at  55 Camperdown Way.

The board granted approval to Wakefield Beasley and Associates for a four-story mixed-use building on a piece of property bounded by the Main Street bridge, Japanese Dogwood Lane, the Reedy River and the Bowater parking garage.

Conditions include that the developers submit final site design for its final approval, that the project comply with stormwater requirements, that public easement is provided and that a balcony be incorporated into the southwest corner of the building at its Main Street level.

The project sparked controversy when it was first proposed, something that developer Brody Glenn acknowledged. Opponents of the original plan said the building was too big for the site and were concerned about its impact on the river.

“I know there’s opposition, but those people are opposing because they care about our town,” Glenn said. “We understand how important this property is. I want you all to understand how much we care. We listened.”

In the new plan, the building footprint was modified to provide a more open pedestrian access to the river, a planned ground-level restaurant space was scaled back and the facade was moved further from the bridge and angled to open views of the river.

The ground-level facades were changed to include more glass, and at least portions of all three arches of the bridge will be visible to pedestrians on the trail by the river and likely from the Liberty Bridge. The third arch is now obscured by evergreen trees.

The first level of the office tower will now have the same elevation as the sidewalk on the Main Street bridge.

“Overall, the massing of the building, the revised building footprint and the revised building elevations appear  to meet the applicable design standards,” the city staff said it is recommendation. “The design is an improvement from the original proposal.”

One dozen people spoke against the proposal, while one supported it.

The DRB approved the certificate of appropriateness with a 4-1 vote with Mitch Lehde voting against.

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