Plans are coming together for the proposed 272-unit West End Apartments to be located on the Pendleton Baptist Church property on Main Street in downtown Greenville.
The church, a downtown Greenville fixture since the 1890s, recently announced plans to sell three of its 4.5 acres at 1100 South Main Street and 8 Perry Avenue, retaining a small corner at Markley and Rhett Streets to build a new church. The church is hoping to salvage some of the existing materials including the steeple, organ and stained glass windows to use in the new church building.
In May, the church property was granted a zoning change, from C-3, regional commercial district to C-4, central business district which allows a more dense, urban-type development.
The new apartment complex by Charlotte-based Woodfield Investments will be five-stories, with the units wrapping around an interior parking deck that will not be visible from the street. A rooftop terrace with a fire pit and seating will provide sweeping views of downtown Greenville and Paris Mountain, said Brian Schick with Woodfield Investments.
The development will be a Class AA community, featuring one, two and three bedroom units with upscale amenities to include a swimming pool, courtyards and fitness and club areas, he said.
All ground floor units lining Rhett and Main Street will be walk ups, allowing activation at the street level, Schick said. The apartment complex will have two entrances; one off Main Street and the second on Rhett Street. Two courtyard park areas are planned, along with a pedestrian walkway connecting the neighborhood on Rhett to Main Street.
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Local officials expressed concerns during an informal discussion earlier this month with the Design Review Board about how shade from the new project might affect homes along Rhett Street. Schick said that the apartment height will be similar to the church’s roofline.
The complex is slated to have 423 parking spaces, or one per bedroom. Schick said possibly up to 50 spaces could be available for public parking, depending on approvals by the DRB. The parking deck could be partially underground at six and a half stories.
A neighborhood meeting is planned for Aug. 25 and the project will formally go before the DRB at the Sept. 3 meeting. If approved, construction is expected to begin May 2016, with early tenancy available fall 2017 and construction completed by March 2018.
Woodfield develops apartment communities geared towards institutional investors. This will be the firm’s second project in the Upstate; the first is the recently opened Innovation Apartment Homes located on the Millennium Campus. Ninety of the 336 units are already leased at this location, Schick said. Construction is expected to be completed in October and fully leased by July 2016.
“We have to be grounded in reality,” Schick said. “Absorption, growth and rental rates are still very good in Greenville and we think it’s still an under-served market, even with all of the new projects announced.”