In a decision that could have killed the trajectory of the proposed billion-dollar transformation of County Square, County Council voted tonight 8-4 against the motion to break the development contract and halt the redevelopment of County Square.
They also voted 6-6 against the idea of including the relocation of the county office building off the site.
In May 2018, Greenville County Council members gave unanimous final approval to a deal with Atlanta’s RocaPoint Partners to redevelop County Square in what is proposed to be a new mixed-use development that includes a new 250,000-square-foot county office building.
“We are pleased with the outcome of tonight’s vote,” said Phil Mays, principal at RocaPoint Partners, in a provided statement. “From the beginning, we’ve been steadfast in our commitment to Greenville and this project, and the council understands the value the County Square redevelopment is bringing to the community. Each facet of the development is purposeful and will infuse Greenville with increased economic development, while also creating new touchstones of the district – including gathering spaces, walkability and creativity. Now, we’re looking forward to moving along with the development, working closely with the Council and creating new jobs and revenue for Greenville.”
The development team Greenville County chose for the project includes RocaPoint Partners/The Georgetown Company, architects Foster + Partners and Wakefield Beasley & Associates, and Greenville-based commercial real estate firm KDS Commercial Properties.
Details on the project:
- The new county office building will occupy 4 acres. Parks and open space will take up 3.74 acres. New roads will cover 10.16 acres. That leaves 22.7 acres of buildable land.
- The proposal calls for 1,125 units of multifamily housing, 450,000 square feet of retail space, 650,000 square feet of office space, and 350 hotel rooms. That mix may change depending on market demand.
- The development’s maximum building height is 10 stories.
- Family Court would have to relocate during the first phase of the project to allow construction of the new county office and parking.
- The new planned development zoning the county will seek calls for a floor area ratio of up to 3.5. The floor area ratio is the ratio of a building’s gross floor area to the size of the piece of land on which it is built.
- The county is considering leasing the 1,000-space parking facility, so the space is taxable. If the county owns the parking facility, the land does not generate property taxes.
- A portion of President Street will be abandoned, and University Ridge will be relocated and connected to an upgraded Thruston Street.