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300-unit Brushy Creek apartment complex rezoning is approved

By Jim Fair, Editor
Published on Monday, September 15, 2014

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The Residences at Brushy Creek, with a maximum 300-unit apartment complex, will be built adjacent to Century Park with the entrance off Brushy Creek Road.
 

Jim Fair

The Residences at Brushy Creek, with a maximum 300-unit apartment complex, will be built adjacent to Century Park with the entrance off Brushy Creek Road.

 



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Hartwood Lake is a 77-lot proposed subdivision on approximately 14.7 acres at the site of Suber Road Baptist Church. 
 
 
 

Jim Fair

Hartwood Lake is a 77-lot proposed subdivision on approximately 14.7 acres at the site of Suber Road Baptist Church. 

 

 

 

A 300-unit, three-story walkup apartment complex, The Residences at Brushy Creek, was unanimously approved, 5-0, for a Design Review District Monday by the Planning Commission.

The 18-acre property will be accessed off Brushy Creek Road and will abut Century B Complex. A traffic engineering study by the city will be required on state owned Buncombe and Brushy Creek roads. The property falls short of the Brushy Creek/Buncombe Road intersection.

"This community is ripe for this kind of development," said Bob Beaugrand, vice president for the Atwell Group out of Independence, Ohio. "We have done several market studies and there's not been a new complex in Greer for about ten years."

Developers told commissioners the complex will be the second multi-family community for the group. “We do our developments as long-term holds,” Beaugrand said. “We’ve been looking into robust economies and chose the Greenville-Greer area. Young professionals are looking strong in this market."”

Beaugrand said typically a complex like Residences at Brushy Creek will house 100 beginning family tenants, 100 young professionals and 100 seniors. "We may not get to 300 units," Beaugrand said. "We might be better to have more two- and three-bedroom units.”

Beaugrand said he hopes the complex will have some connectivity with Century Park.

Commissioner Brian Martin, who approved the rezoning, said he may have a different opinion when developers return with a final development plan. "I am greatly concerned with the overflow of students in the Riverside school district," Martin said. "We have approved a great deal of housing in the Riverside area. When the final development plan comes in, that may give me more pause."

Martin said his comment was aimed at commissioners, "to remind them we are charged to be good planners and decide if a project is good or bad for the entire community. My concern, as the District 6 representative, is if these students will be sent to Woodland or Crestview (elementary schools), which is not as crowded."

The Planning Commission is charged with working toward the goals of the city’s comprehensive plan. Population density issues regarding schools are an issue for the respective school districts, not the Planning Commission, responded a city official in an email.

 

Greenville County Schools will state the school district for the complex at Thursday’s Planning Advisory Committee meeting.

The pet friendly complex will virtually mirror The Residences of Carronade, another property developed by the Atwell. A pond or waterfall will be at the entrance.

Four large structures will have 1-, 2-, and 3-bedroom units with parking surrounding a clubhouse with a kitchen and fireplaces, pool, health club and business center. A car wash will among the additional amenities.

Beaugrand said the complex will be Energy Star.

No timetable was given for grading or completion of the complex.

• Hartwood Lake, a 77-lot single family planned development at the site of Suber Road Baptist Church, was approved, 5-0, to be rezoned R-12. The 17.4-acre site will be accessed from South Suber Road.

The property is located behind the church and was sold to Mark II Properties. No timetable for grading or construction was announced.

• Tabled: A text amendment to define donation bins, identify their appropriate location and establish a registration process to improve the visual appearance as well as public safety and health. 5-0.

  

 

 

 

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