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600 E. Washington: Plans Move Forward for New 5-Story Mixed-Use Development

Jul 11, 2018 01:16PM ● By Chris Haire
Greenville City Council voted Monday night to approve on first reading a zoning change at 600 East Washington Street, a move brings the planned mixed-use development closer to reality. 

Two blocks down from Church Street and the Davenport, and a hop-skip-and-a-jump away from McBee Station, the proposed up-to-50-unit condo complex, retail and office development is across the street from the Pettigru Historic District along Washington Street.

The owners of the property, 600 East Washington Street LLC, had asked the city to approve a zoning change from an office and institutional district designation to a flexible review district.

The site is currently home to a strip mall-style complex and has been home to a staffing agency, a law firm, and a private probation services company. The property was purchased in 2015 for $1.275 million, according to City of Greenville records. 

The new five-story, two-building project would feature a publicly accessible courtyard, two lower-level stories of parking, and an estimated 17,000-18,500 SF of commercial space. It will also have the ability to display public art at the corner of Heldman and Washington streets and along the sidewalk on Washington, according to the plan submitted to the city.

Tenants at the site could include an office, restaurant, barber shop/beauty parlor, and a bank, as well as retail and a health club by special exemption.

Although there was some criticism about the project's height and setback, the project was approved by the Design and Review Board and the Planning Commission. 

Councilwoman Amy Ryberg Doyle, who voted in favor of the zoning change along with five other council members, supports taller buildings in downtown. "This project is a mixed-use project which is ultimately the most creative way to build a sustainable city block," she says.

"We cannot be afraid to build tall in the city," Doyle says. "Building taller buildings downtown will save our city from sprawl. Density in a downtown is good, and any city with best practices on land use knows it."

Once the project has begun, it should take 24 months to complete.

Darrohn Engineering and the Johnson Design Group are also involved in the project.

600 East Washington Street