While some may see dated strip shopping centers and vacant lots on the stretch of Wade Hampton Boulevard from downtown to North Pleasantburg Drive, others see potential — and a lot of it.
Arnett Muldrow & Associates, the Greenville-based consulting firm hired by the city to come up with a strategic plan for Wade Hampton, has created a survey to get public input into the plan. The city portion runs from downtown to North Pleasantburg Drive. For more information about the study and a link to the survey, visit https://bit.ly/2KrJ6Gp.
The survey asks about the importance and attractiveness of Wade Hampton Boulevard, whether respondents frequent businesses in the study area, and what are the most important assets, challenges, and opportunities there. In addition, the survey asks respondents what they want to see on the road: locally owned businesses, national retailers, locally owned restaurants, chain restaurants, offices, gas stations and convenience stores, national hotels, single-family residences, and multifamily residential.
Respondents are asked if they want to add a 10-foot shared-use path or narrow four of the six traffic lanes by 1 foot each to create a wider median with landscaping that would allow for clearly marked left turns and encouraged U-turns.
In addition, the survey asks whether the White Oak cut-through near White Oak Baptist Church should be eliminated and whether pedestrian-vehicle conflicts and confusing vehicle movements at Bob Jones University should be addressed.
In the plan, the consultant will identify a minimum of three redevelopment or strategic projects, which could consist of multiple properties or nodes, on which the city could concentrate to boost future development. The consultant would then develop conceptual plans for each to show what it may look like.