Greenville’s design review board urban panel sees new downtown placemaking opportunities

We’re in the planning and design phase of a new nine-story multi-family development in downtown Greenville, at the intersection of Rhett and Wardlaw.

As part of our work to build consensus among stakeholders, Scott Johnston recently presented placemaking opportunities for the project to the city’s design review board urban panel. Placemaking, the art of creating welcoming public spaces with the built environment, is essential in urban renovation and renewal.

We shared three concepts:

  • The Academy Street gateway into the city
  • An urban plaza at Rhett and Wardlaw
  • A rooftop restaurant with 360º views

Plans call for us to submit the site design for formal approval in March, with the full architectural design in April or May.

Most of our discussion with the panel focused on the property on Wardlaw Street, which was a medical shelter that had served the city’s African-American community for years. Based on community input after the meeting, we propose to relocate and repurpose most of the medical shelter as a historical exhibit.

These are the issues we address in our large urban multi-family and mixed-use projects. The willingness to listen and propose multiple solutions helps our clients contribute to the architectural fabric of the local community with cost-effective project development.

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UPDATE — We’ve released design renderings for our project at Rhett and Wardlaw Streets