Citizens Ready to Battle Rezoning for New Apartments


Group seeks to change minds on apartments
Woodruff Road battle heats up

June 3, 2008

By Ben Szobody – Greenville News

An active group of traffic-weary residents near Woodruff and Butler roads could be swaying some Greenville County Council members who appeared poised to approve a nearby 360-unit apartment development near two of the area’s accident-prone intersections.

A proposed zoning change, approved 8-3 last month, faces a final vote tonight and would open the door to 540 units on roughly 27 acres at Rocky Creek and Bagwell roads one block off Woodruff, though developers say they intend to build 360 units.

Neighbors have created a Web site and barraged council members with calls and e-mails accusing them of ignoring their traffic nightmares, even getting Councilwoman Judy Gilstrap’s cell phone number and beginning a call campaign early Monday morning, Gilstrap said.

Jamie McCutchen, who applied for the rezoning on the developer’s behalf, could not be reached Monday.

At issue is the headache for which Woodruff is now infamous — crawling traffic — and whether the new apartments would exacerbate the problem or constitute a logical fill-in for the already populous area.

Developer Continental Properties Co. Inc. of Milwaukee has offered to pay for minor road improvements and donate right of way for a future widening of Rocky Creek. A traffic study commissioned by Continental concluded the apartments would have no significant impact on local roads, though opponents and some council members have scoffed at that assertion.

Nearby resident Tammy Goben said of council members, “I don’t think they’re paying attention to the real issues. Their focus is on development and the use of the property.”



I stated in an earlier post that I have worked with Continental Properties off and on since the early 1990’s, primarily on retail properties. They have always, I repeat always, been very meticulous in their due diligence and respectful of surrounding property owners. I don’t see that this development would be any different.

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