City design panel gives preliminary OK to Hayne School plan

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Above: Rendering by Johnston Design Group.

A city panel tentatively approved a conceptual master plan to develop the historic Hayne School into condominiums and add townhomes to the sides and rear of the property.

The neighborhood design panel of the City of Greenville’s Design Review Board on Jan. 5 approved the master plan, which includes renovating the existing building.

The action was subject to final approval by the DRB of site and building details.

Babcock Investment Company’s plan would convert the school on Toy Street into 14 condominiums, including a penthouse addition, according to Helen Mittelstadt, a Johnston Design Group architect working on the project.

The plan also calls for construction of 18 townhomes on the sides and rear of the property and a pocket park in the middle.

No one opposed the master plan at the design panel’s meeting.

The project also needs city Planning Commission approval.

SC Telco Federal Credit Union owns the property and had its office there.

At a DRB meeting Dec.1, the board tabled consideration of the master plan and designated two members to meet with the project design team.

Revised drawings were submitted in mid-December, based on comments shared at the hearing.

The revisions included changes to the roof design, removal of the reverse angled parking spaces on Toy Street and reconfiguration of the site to add a fire-access route.

Two on-site surface parking spaces were added. The number of units remained the same, although some might be reduced in size.

The property is in the Pettigru Historic District. The school, built in 1919, was one of the major building projects of J.L. Mann, superintendent of the Greenville County School District, said Greenville historian Judy Bainbridge. It is named after P.T. Hayne, longtime chairman of the school district’s board of trustees who started one of Greenville’s first lending libraries in downtown for young men.

The school was built to serve the Boyce Lawn district, which was one of the city’s most elite residential areas in the 1890s, Bainbridge said. The school closed in 1970.

 

 

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