South Main at River gets council OK

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Greenville City Council voted Monday night to allow the project at 702 South Main to proceed. The mixed-use project at the corners of Main, River and Augusta streets will feature approximately 30 apartments and 4,200 square feet of retail on the ground floor.

Council amended a previous agreement with developer Steve Mack, owner of STM Acquisition & Development, which specified that the facades of two historic buildings previously on the site be used or replicated in any new construction.

The agreement was drafted in 2008 after Mack’s 2006 request to demolish the two 1800s-era buildings was rejected by the city’s Design and Preservation Committee. Mack took the issue to a circuit court, which negotiated the settlement facade agreement through mediation. The two buildings were demolished and the corner has sat vacant since then.

Michael Kerski, planning and development manager for the city, said the new agreement took four months of informal and formal reviews. Most DRB members thought the new design reflected modern Greenville and the previous one was “Disney-esque.”

“It’s a modern interpretation of a historic structure,” he said.

The building will be four stories along Main Street and then step up to six stories, about the same scale as other West End developments such as the Field House and the Custom House. A rooftop area at the corner of Main and River will serve as an outdoor community area.

Plans also call for a contemporary art feature in front of the project along Main Street and a six-story water feature with unique lighting along River Street.

The South Main at River development will also be adjacent to the six-story, 217-unit Link Apartments complex at Rhett and River Streets, to be built by North Carolina developer Grubb Properties.

Lillian Brock Flemming was the only council member to vote against the project. “Regardless of what I see, it is still six stories. I’m totally against this change. It totally changed the context of the building to me,” she said. “I think we’re doing the wrong thing here.”

Cindy Landrum contributed to this story.

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