Large turnout at Newtown charette signals first steps to a strong revival of the Southernside neighborhood.

Photo by Angelia Davis, Greenville News, Staff

Last week, Mountain View and Parish House CDC hosted a charrette to gather input and ideas for a master plan.

Newtown is known for many issues – disinvestment, contamination, flooding, and currently a food desert, said Byron Jeffries, architectural designer with Johnston Design Group and project manager for the Newtown master plan. The charrette was an opportunity for voices to be heard “in a way that is destined to make a significant change,” he said. About 100 people attended the launch, providing Johnston Design with a strong vision of what the community wants and needs.

Like many of her neighbors, Mary Tolliver, who has lived in and around Newtown for many years, longs for Newton’s return to its village-like era. “I’m hoping this will build this community back up,” Tolliver said. “Now we have people who care.”

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