City planners approve revised plans for Stone Avenue townhomes

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Greenville’s Planning Commission approved a developer’s revised plans for 18 townhomes on West Stone Avenue one block west of Main Street.

The applicant, Southern Investment & Development LLC, proposes nine townhomes in the project’s first phase, and that would appear independently to meet the dimensional requirements for a subdivision if the second phase isn’t completed, according to a staff analysis.

The second phase would add nine more townhomes.

The revised plans, which drew no opposition at a commission meeting Feb. 16, offer a better design for developing the project in phases than initially proposed, specifically fire truck access and turnaround, city officials said.

The revised plans address previous site recommendations by the Planning Commission, Design Review Board, and the city’s design consultant.

The site plan now has a central courtyard, with all townhomes now facing ‘in’ to provide an area of concentrated green space.

The project also provides more than the required amount space per unit, in both common and private areas, city officials said. Further, the revised plans create “a more engaging and pedestrian-friendly feel” along the Stone Avenue frontage. Elevations have been revised to address Stone Avenue frontage through the addition of larger front porches and more windows on the townhomes’ ground floor.

The planning commission approved separate applications by Southern Investments for a subdivision of 0.9 acres for the 18 townhomes at 109 and 117 W. Stone Ave. and a multifamily development.

Planning staff had recommended approval of both with certain conditions and comments, including having the development meet requirements of the city’s land management ordinance and recording of a final plat for the subdivision.

Southern Investment held a neighborhood meeting Jan. 31 and residents voiced support for the revisions, including a row of townhomes across the rear of the property to help alleviate concerns of road noise, lighting overflow and potential storm water runoff issues, city officials said.

Grading for the project should begin in the early summer and townhomes available in late 2017 or early 2018, Christopher Laney, Southern’s managing partner, told the Upstate Business Journal.

Carriage homes, with tw0 or three bedrooms and about 1,400 square feet, should be priced from the high $200,000s, he said. Manor homes, with three or four bedrooms and about 2,100 square feet, will start in the low $400,000s, he said.

“We think that the western side of Main Street on Stone Avenue has a lot of opportunity for growth,” Laney said. “We think that this is close enough to Main Street to be walkable, and to be able to walk to The Bohemian [cafe and restaurant], walk to Two Chefs and all those types of establishments. We think it’s a really unique location and a good opportunity.”

The townhomes will adjoin a commercial development of retail, restaurant and office space, including a second location of Coffee Underground.

 

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