‘Green’ Neighborhood to Open Off North Main in Greenville

The Elements being developed with eye to saving trees, energy

June 6, 2008

By Angelia Davis – Greenville News

Carrie Cockrill admits she wasn’t “necessarily a green person,” specifically looking for a home in an environmentally friendly neighborhood.

Then she met The Elements — a new condominium and townhome community under development touting its minimal environmental impact.

Cockrill, 29, will be one of the neighborhood’s first tenants.

“The more I learn, the more I really see the benefits of living in a green neighborhood,” Cockrill said. “I feel like it will change my life for the better; not to mention that I’m looking forward to lower power bills. I’m also considering purchasing a scooter as well.”

The community of 20 residences will officially open Saturday at its site on Mohawk Drive, in Greenville’s North Main area.

Eleven units are under construction. Construction on the last nine should begin this summer.

Nick and Jerry Gilley of TRV Development Inc., developers of The Elements, have said they are hopeful that the project brings a consciousness of what can be done to lessen the impact on the environment through development.

The neighborhood’s site allowed up to 32 units, but developers decided on fewer residences to preserve trees. The units, priced from the $160s, will be EarthCraft and Energy Star-certified.

“We wanted to blend comfort with conservation by creating energy-efficient homes while protecting native surroundings,” said Nick Gilley.

Amenities in the neighborhood will include a butterfly garden, bike path, quarter-mile walking trails, 2,000 square feet of community garden space, a community gazebo, a grilling area, and a recycling area.

Saturday’s grand opening will be from 1-3 p.m. The events will include building and site tours, a free natural wildlife class, a children’s planting activity and a butterfly release of 200 Painted Lady butterflies.


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