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Chamber urges city to move forward on County Square

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Greenville’s business community is encouraging the City Council to create “paths forward to completing” what it called transformative projects in the city. A resolution passed by the Greenville Chamber board cites a proposed downtown conference center but top of mind it a Greenville City Council vote this evening on zoning changes that would allow a County Square development plan to proceed.

That meeting takes place at 5:30 p.m. on the 10th floor of the council chambers, 206 S. Main St.

The project would transform the county-owned land into a multi-use high-rise complex that county economic developers say will spur further growth in the area surrounding it. The sprawling county office complex is inside a former mall that will be razed to build the structure.

The 37.4-acre site was once home to Furman University. It is walking distance from attractions such as Falls Park, Fluor Field and the Greenville Health System Swamp Rabbit Trail.

Greenville Chamber President and CEO Carlos Phillips thanked the chamber board for taking a stand on the issue.

“We thank the Greenville Chamber Board of Directors for their leadership on this matter,” he said in a written statement. “This is a once-in-a-generation opportunity for the Greenville economy, and we understand that visionary projects sometimes can be difficult to achieve. It is the partnership mindset that has propelled our community to make similar projects a reality and get us to where we are today. We urge local elected officials to continue that legacy.”

Reach Ross Norton at 864-720-1222.

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