A residential section of Woodruff Road near S.C. Highway 14 may soon be rezoned to allow for mixed-use commercial development.
Council members said the rezoning is “good for the growth of the county” while some residents in the area suggested developing all of Woodruff Road was unnecessary — citing potential development near Graceland Cemetery as a cause for concern.
Councilman Fred Payne said the land next to the cemetery has been purchased by a developer with the intent of placing a grocery store on the property. He told WSPA the proposed development is in line with the county’s comprehensive land use plan from 2009. Part of Payne’s district includes the area in question.
In the staff report regarding the proposal, the developer — SC Greenville Highway 14 LLC — plans to build a 30,000-square-foot grocery store, use an additional 13,200 square feet for mixed-use development on one parcel and potentially deed the 22,000 square feet of the other parcel to Southside Christian School.
Both the Greenville County Planning Commission and Planning and Development Committee have approved the rezoning with conditions. The planning commission suggested the second parcel be designated as a school and the planning and development committee suggested a 3-foot berm with evergreens be planted along an existing wall on the property.
The third and final reading of the rezoning ordinance will be July 18.