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Scott Towers to be demolished, rebuilt with double the units

By Ashley Boncimino
Published Jan. 10, 2014

The 1970s era, 14-story high-rise Scott Towers will disappear from the Greenville skyline on Jan. 19, according to an implosion announcement from the Housing Authority of Greenville.

The demolition will take place at 9:30 a.m. after officials evacuate the area, close nearby roads and hold a recognition ceremony for the building’s namesake. Evacuation will begin at 7 a.m., and residents will be permitted to re-enter the area as early as 11:30 a.m.

The Housing Authority is working with real estate development firm McCormack Baron Salazar of St. Louis for the $37 million project that is replacing the demolished building, according to the Housing Authority’s interim Director Cindi Herrera. The Housing Authority solicited bids for the redevelopment project in May and voted on a proposal in July.

McCormack Baron Salazar was unable to be reached for comment Wednesday or Thursday.

The yet unnamed development will take five to six years to fully complete and will be built in three phases, Herrera said. “The first two phases will be senior citizen housing to service the same residents that we’ve been servicing for 40 years,” she said. The two buildings would have 75 to 100 units each.

The third phase would be an L-shaped multi-family building on the corner of Augusta St. and Thurston St. with around 200 units, said Herrera. In total, the development will have approximately 80% of units listed at market prices, while 20% will be low income units.

“We’re looking at between 350 to 400 total units for the development,” said Herrera. Around 90% of the project would be privately financed, with the Housing Authority contributing $2 million to $3 million, she said.

Scott Towers’ current 195 residential units housed adults age 55 and older who reported low to moderate incomes. The building had significant maintenance problems several years ago, including pipes broken in the walls, elevators without pressurization and a lack of sprinklers in the building.

The Housing Authority determined that rehabilitating the building was cost-prohibitive and that the majority of the rooms were too small for today’s market standards, which require at least 500 square feet. Of the 195 units, 117 were 400-square-foot one-bedroom units.

Reach Ashley Boncimino at 864-235-5677, ext. 103 or @ashleyboncimino.

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