Greenville City Council gave final approval Nov. 22 for the new public safety building at the corner of Halton Road and Mall Connector Road.
The project will eventually cost $27 million to purchase and renovate, and it will house the city’s municipal courts, police department and fire department in a facility with plenty of space and parking.
The city will have to finance about $9.4 million of the $27 million price tag, but it will replace several aging and inadequate buildings.
Meanwhile, the city will not move forward on a plan to relocate City Hall while it works on the public safety building project.
“Public safety is our priority,” said Beth Brotherton, city spokesperson, of the decision. “The city will maintain a permanent presence downtown, but with a potentially smaller footprint.”
Passed: Economic incentive ordinance
The city’s ordinance providing economic stimulus for businesses, most notably incentivizing the opening of grocery stores in special emphasis neighborhoods and providing incentives for opening child care centers.
Special emphasis neighborhoods, or neighborhoods that are majority minority and have low- to modest-incomes, are often in the middle of “food deserts,” or areas not served by nearby grocery stores. The ordinance provides incentives in the way of a grant calculated by the amount of business fees paid over a certain time.
Passed on first reading: Neighborhood rezoning
The proposal to rezone 2.36 acres of property located on Douthit Circle and North Leach Street from RM-1 single family and multifamily residential to RM-2 passed on its first reading. The RM-1 designation allows for up to 10 units per acre and is a mix of low-density and medium-density housing types. The RM-2 designation doubles the number of units allowed per acre.
Passed on first reading: Property donated
The ordinance to donate 0.2 acres of property on Cowan Court to United Housing Connections for the construction of affordable housing passed on its first reading. The measure would provide property for two rental units, and the rent would be capped at $700 per month.
The city also approved a measure to donate surplus property on Hollywood Circle to Genesis Homes for affordable housing.