City To Host Community Meetings For Downtown Master Plan November 6-8
Oct 31, 2018 10:43AM
● By Kathleen Maris
Representatives from Urban Design Associates, the international urban design and architecture firm hired to develop the City’s Downtown Master Plan, will be in Greenville next week for a week-long design charrette. During that time, the public will have multiple opportunities to participate in the planning process.
On Tuesday, November 6, the City will host a drop-in style Open House from 5 p.m. to 7 p.m. on the 5th floor of Clemson ONE, located at 1 North Main Street. At the Open House, the public will have an opportunity to meet members of the project team and share their ideas for the future of downtown. The City will host a second drop-in style Open House on Wednesday, November 7 from 5 p.m. to 7 p.m. in the same location.
On Thursday, November 8, the project team will wrap up the charrette with a public presentation of the draft Downtown Master Plan at 6 p.m. at Clemson ONE. The doors will open at 5:30 p.m. and the presentation will begin promptly at 6 p.m.
The project team has spent the past several months processing and summarizing the extensive stakeholder feedback they received during their visit in June and exploring potential design concepts and ideas. The new plan will provide a deep-dive into the past, present, and future of downtown Greenville and will be tempered by market and fiscal realities. The objectives of the plan are to attract and retain businesses, residents, and visitors while ensuring the uniqueness and authenticity of downtown, position downtown for the attraction and retention of a workforce for the new economy, and continue the right blend of development and redevelopment. In addition to Urban Design Associates, the project team includes Hawkins Partners (landscape architecture/public space design), HR&A Advisors (market analysis), Thomas & Hutton (civil engineering), and Walker Parking (parking strategy).