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Greenville Residents Worry about Development in Gateway to Downtown

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August 10, 2008

By Ben Szobody – The Greenville News

The owner of a major slice of vacant property where Wade Hampton Boulevard flows toward downtown Greenville is asking a judge to give him a half-acre slice of unused, taxpayer-owned roadway so he can move closer to development.

That’s piqued the concerns of some residents, who say that before taxpayers relinquish the parcel the city should ensure that the site’s development will be a fitting downtown gateway and won’t detract from the nearby Earle Street neighborhood.

Landowner Steve Timmons said he’s at least two years away from developing the land and has no specific plans, but that he wants to remove a large hill of rock and dirt from the middle of the site so the property is ready when the time comes.

One resident group has called for a more restrictive zoning to ensure against “big box” retail or liquor stores on the site, which is hemmed by Wade Hampton, Stone Avenue and Church Street. Timmons said he’s talking to city officials, and that if they request a different zoning, he will have those discussions then.

“At the end of the day, it’s all a matter of trust,” Timmons said.

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