Rezoning for Senior Housing Development Denied

County denies land-use change; developer to look for another site

June 6, 2008

By Angelia Davis – Greenville News

An Indiana-based developer still plans to build a senior housing community in Greenville, though it won’t be on Piney Mountain Road.

The request by Forsite Properties LLC to rezone single-family residential properties at Piney Mountain and Clairmont roads for a 72-unit apartment complex was denied by the Greenville County Council.

Stan Palma of Forsite said the company is now looking for another site in Greenville for the project.

Foresite’s proposed “Rockland Creek Commons” is one of 11 Greenville-area multi-family developments being considered for the 2008 tax credit program, administered by the S. C. State Housing Finance & Development Authority.

Hundreds of residents, largely along Piney Mountain Road and in nearby Montebello, signed petitions opposing Forsite’s proposal in that area.

Forsite had an option to purchase the properties on the condition of it being rezoned, according to county planning records.

Palma said the proposal for Piney Mountain Road would have been the company’s first project in Greenville. He said Forsite hasn’t “found a city with 30,000 or more where there isn’t a need for senior housing. We build just senior housing.”

Barbara Pearson, spokesperson for the authority, said the tax credit application process is “very site specific.” So, to have an alternate site considered, a developer would have to “go through the application process again.”


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