On July 14, the City of Greer celebrated the completion of an 18-month streetscape project, CenterG Project Phase one, which transformed Trade St. into a pedestrian plaza by removing curbs and replacing them with multi-covered pavers.
The $25 million investment project includes the streetscape, Center for the Arts renovation, lighting improvements, and the municipal parking deck. Phase one of the CenterG’s return on investment is more than $100 million, based on the value of renovated properties as well as new commercial and residential projects, such as the 108-room Hampton Inn by Hilton Greater Greer.
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“This project was designed to transform our central business district for the next century,” said Greer city administrator Ed Driggers. “We knew from our previous downtown projects that public and private investments would follow the vision of the CenterG project. It helped leverage such work as redevelopment by Tribe 513, Parkside Pediatrics, and Grace Church. It was the motivating factor for Sycamore Greer to commit to building a downtown hotel with an adjacent public parking deck. And numerous businesses confidently opened on Trade Street while work was underway outside their doors. The return on our investment in Greer Station will be substantial and it will be felt for many years.”
The city of Greer has announced an additional $4.6 million investment for Phase two of the CenterG project. Expected to begin in mid-August, this next phase will extend the downtown streetscape work north from Poinsett St. N. Main St.to Arlington Ave.
For more information, visit cityofgreer.org.