Consultants worked with a variety of downtown stakeholders, including property owners, residents, businesses, developers, philanthropies and elected officials to develop the plan, which will provide the city with a roadmap for downtown’s future development and help prioritize investments going forward, according to a news release.
Last summer, the city hired Urban Design Associates, an international urban design and architecture firm headquartered in Pittsburgh, Pa., to develop a strategic master plan for downtown. The objectives of the plan were to attract and retain businesses, residents and visitors while ensuring the uniqueness and authenticity of downtown; position downtown for the attraction and retention of a workforce for the new economy, and continue the right blend of development and redevelopment, the release said.
The city kicked off the process in June with an open house to give the public an opportunity to meet representatives from Urban Design Associates and share their ideas and opinions about the future of downtown, including its buildings, streets, park spaces and uses. In November, the consultants returned to Greenville for a week-long design charrette. Since then, the project team has been meeting with stakeholders and refining concepts based on feedback received during the charrette, according to the release.
Next, the plan must be reviewed by the Planning Commission and the Design Review Board before it can be adopted by the Greenville City Council.