Simpsonville City Council will vote on Habitat’s Woodside Park plan


Simpsonville City Council will revisit a proposal to bring residential housing to a 5-acre tract at the end of Beattie Street during its meeting Tuesday.

Habitat for Humanity of Greenville County has rebooted its Woodside Park project, under which it hopes to acquire the property and build 11 homes for low-income residents.

The faith-based nonprofit homebuilder first introduced the project in 2013, but the plan was shelved after members of the community and council raised concerns.

Those concerns included drainage at the site, preservation of the natural environment, compatibility of architecture and design with the surrounding neighborhood and walkability of the site by recreational users.

Monroe Free, president and CEO of Habitat for Humanity of Greenville County, said the organization has worked with state and federal agencies to alleviate those concerns and believes the project is ready to move forward.

“There were some legitimate concerns raised and we’ve addressed them,” Free said. “We will have to meet the same requirements, restrictions and approvals that any other developer would have to meet.”

Free said Habitat will invest about $200,000 to bring infrastructure to the site. The total value of the development will be roughly $1.3 million.

Habitat homes are typically about 1,100 square feet, he said.

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