The long gestation period for the County Square redevelopment project just got a bit longer, as the city and county have agreed to push back any further action on the property in the near future.
The delay comes just before City Council was set to vote on Nov. 25 over a proposed zoning update for County Square and the surrounding “planning development” zone, with a second vote slated two weeks later on Dec. 9. Both of those votes are now postponed indefinitely.
The decision was announced the week after the city and county held a “charrette” – or a meeting to settle disputes between all involved stakeholders in a project – with Urban Design Associates, the firm hired by the city to developed downtown Greenville’s strategic master plan.
In a joint statement, Greenville Mayor Knox White and County Council Chairman Butch Kirven said the decision to delay council action on the application to rezone the County Square property was made in an effort to allow for additional planning.
“In the spirit of collaboration, both the City and County would like to process the feedback and take the time to thoroughly review and address issues that are important to all of us, including then neighborhood residents, such as affordable housing, connectivity and scale,” the statement said. “We are committed to being inclusive and transparent and look forward to working together to ensure the best possible development for this area of the city.”
No future date has been set for rescheduling the rezoning votes in city council. Both the city and the county have expressed an expectation that outstanding issues will be resolved “in the near future.”