Council approves annexations, rezonings

Action could help make way for family entertainment venue, townhomes

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8.71 acres at the corner of Congaree and Griffith roads. [GOOGLE MAPS]

Annexations and rezonings dominated the agenda for Monday’s City Council meeting, and eventually they could make way for a family entertainment venue and some new townhomes.

City Council gave initial approval to the annexation of approximately 8.71 acres at the corner of Congaree and Griffith roads and to zoning that land as C-3, regional commercial district. An additional 2.3 acres of right-of-way adjacent to the property will also be annexed.

The Corley Family Realty Limited Partnership is buying the land.

At the June Greenville Planning Commission meeting, commissioners were told that the new owner plans to develop the property into a family entertainment venue with birthday parties, an arcade and bowling alley.

The annexation of 6.85 acres on Market Point Drive received initial approval as well. The land will be zoned C-3, regional commercial district. Bryan Wood of the city’s zoning department told Council that 66 townhomes are planned. Offlex One Limited Partnership owns the property.

Council will also approve rezoning of two properties on Market Point Drive. First, 0.7 acres was rezoned from PD, Planned Development, to C-3, Regional Commercial District. Then, 0.858 acres was rezoned from C-3 to PD. The swap was necessary to provide connection to 30 Market Point Drive, which is being developed into a new apartment community.

Council also gave final approval to a sewer agreement with McCall Capital that would allow the company to build a mixed-use development on the former site of the state Department of Motor Vehicles on Laurens Road.

City officials have said Laurens Village will be a transformative project for Laurens Road and Pleasantburg Drive.

Under the agreement, McCall Capital will replace 4,375 feet of sewer line, which will increase sewer capacity in the area. The city agrees to pay $1.2 million of the expected $1.5 million price tag. The Greenville Local Development Corp. will pay $150,000 and McCall Capital will pay $150,000.

Council also made several appointments to boards and commissions.

Robert Benedict, John Edwards and Joel Patterson were named to the Design Review Board Neighborhood Panel for two-year terms ending July 31, 2018.

Danielle Fontaine and Mitch Lehde were named to the Design Review Board Urban Panel for two-year terms ending July 31, 2018.

Charles West, Charlie Bryan, Earl Provost and Thomas Drake were appointed to serve on the Springwood Cemetery Advisory Committee until June 30, 2018.

Rachel Kepley will fill an unexpired term on the Greenville Housing Authority Board. Her term will end Sept. 30, 2020.

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