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Greenville’s Downtown Master Plan Creates 5 Satellite Areas

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Plan pushes transit, pedestrian friendliness, retail and housing diversity

July 14, 2008

By Nan Lundeen – Greenville News

A city downtown master plan unveiled Monday that would create five distinct “corners” stresses connectivity by improving transit, bike paths and pedestrian access.

It also would develop a variety of offices, retail and housing downtown, encircle the area with an “an entire necklace of green” and establish building height restrictions.

The plan would “de-emphasize the automobile and emphasize transit,” said Mary Douglas Hirsch, downtown development manager.

Planning consultants say there is too much emphasis on cars, Hirsch told a combined city Planning Commission and City Council workshop Monday.

But making downtown more pedestrian-friendly would be a challenge, especially persuading the state Department of Transportation to turn Academy Street into a boulevard with trees in a median and on-road parking, city officials said.

At present, Church Street, Academy Street and the Beattie/North pair concentrate high-speed traffic, setting up barriers that are difficult for pedestrians to cross,” the report states.

A trolley could travel in a wider loop around, not on Main Street, according to the plan.

Parking meter fees might be reinstituted downtown to encourage more use of parking garages, according to Hirsch.

The plan calls for parking garages within the “five corners,” which Councilwoman Diane Smock said she thought would be “counterproductive” to encouraging more transit.

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