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Consultant Presents Recommendations for Clemson Redevelopment

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July 15, 2008

By Rudolph Bell – Greenville News

A bigger presence by Clemson University and the redevelopment of County Square are among a consultant’s recommendations to boost the economy of downtown Greenville.

But the chairman of Greenville County Council said the market will determine when the county-owned County Square property should be redeveloped.

And a Clemson administrator said the university doesn’t have any detailed plans to expand downtown beyond the handful of people it has based along Main Street now.

The plan by Sasaki Associates Inc. of Boston was commissioned by the city and released Monday. It provides a blueprint for the improvement of downtown over the next two decades.

Among its recommendations for economic development is the redevelopment of County Square, the 33-acre former shopping center that now is home to the county’s main office complex and a Family Court.

The site could become “an exciting new in-town neighborhood” with multiple residential buildings and affordable housing in addition to a new office building for the county, the consultant wrote.

Sasaki Associates envisions the buildings getting bigger — up to 12 stories — as they “step up the hill” toward Church Street from the South Carolina Governor’s School for the Arts and Humanities. That way, tenants in each building could enjoy striking views of downtown and riverfront parks.

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