Here’s a recap of the Greenville City Council meeting on Monday Sept. 13.
Approved: $1.4 million MOU with United Community Bank
Council approved a memorandum of understanding to pay about $1.4 million for design and construction of streetscape improvements on Falls Street, East Camperdown Way and the Church Street Access ramp as part of United Community Bank’s new headquarters construction project on East Camperdown Way.
The streetscape improvements will “improve the safety and aesthetics of the area, making it more inviting for pedestrians in east downtown,” according to the memo.
Council members said the money, which will have to be formally appropriated later on, is well-spent, given the bank is bringing hundreds of jobs to the city.
“And all of those, or maybe a portion of those, are above the area median income. These are high paying jobs,” said council woman Dorothy Dowe.
The agreement comes after the city’s Design Review Board approved the architectural plans for the new bank headquarters at its Sept. 2 meeting.
Approved: United Ministries buys Pendleton Street location for $10
Council agreed to sell United Ministries a $105,000 property at 600 Pendleton Street for $10. The ministry has been leasing the property, which sits directly beside United Ministries’ current campus at 602 Pendleton Street, for years. The city agreed to sell it for $10 so the organization could put it to use continuing services to area homeless.
The sale comes just after United Ministries received a grant from the Greenville County Redevelopment authority to make repairs to the restroom facilities within the building and to ensure long term operation and maintenance of the facility.
Approved: Fire Department matching grant
Council agreed to match 10% of a $27,454.55 grant given the Greenville Fire Department by the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA).
The money will be used to buy vehicle extrication tools and air quality monitoring equipment, among other items.