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Housing developments, Quik Trip keeps city commissions busy

First 'Pocket Neighborhood' in city planned on Morrow Street

By Jim Fair, Editor
Published on Thursday, April 18, 2013

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Quik Trip will build a second convenience store in Greer to be located at 2414 S. Highway. The store will be sandwiched between Johns Road and Concourse Way.

Quik Trip will build a second convenience store in Greer to be located at 2414 S. Highway. The store will be sandwiched between Johns Road and Concourse Way.

A pocket neighborhood and an entire community are in the planning stages, Quik Trip is scheduled to put its second convenience store in Greer, this one S. Highway 14, and three buildings in the central business district are undergoing architecture enhancements.

It’s been a busy week for Greer City Hall and its planning and building boards as developers and property owners paraded their projects for rezoning and plan reviews.

Scott Milks and Chip Ferguson, approved by the Planning Commission for a annexation and classification of R-15 (single family residential cluster) for property on Westmoreland Road in Spartanburg County on Monday appeared today at the Planning Advisory Committee (PAC) to submit their applications for review.

The undeveloped property is scheduled to have 226 lots for housing priced between $225,000 - $350,000. Milks said the development would be built in three phases with 70-80 lots in each. A traffic impact study will made on Westmoreland Road to determine if a left turn lane into the community will be needed.

Woodland Hills residents, which back up to the proposed community, appeared before the Planning Commission Monday night suggesting the amount of housing will produce higher traffic counts making the two-lane county road more hazardous.

William Dennis, a Greer engineer, is proposing the first “pocket neighborhood” in the city at 118 Morrow Street. The 1.3-acre site will have seven homes, with a driveway and courtyard/patio, facing inward. The back of the property will abut W. Arlington Road and Jackson Street, just beyond Greer City Stadium.

Pocket neighborhoods are a cluster group of houses around a shared open space with a pedestrian street, series of joined backyards or garden courtyard. In the Morrow Street development the address of the homes will reflect the street number and the houses will be identified by a letter.

"I looked all over Greer for infills," said William Dennis, developing his first project. "It fills a small location, is located close to town, residents can walk to downtown and use the city park system."

Dennis suggested to the PAC he would request a variance to not install sidewalks. “I don’t see why there shouldn’t be sidewalks on Morrow Street. I haven’t seen anything that doesn’t show me there isn’t space for it,” said Don Hollomon, Building and Development Director and City Engineer.

The property was rezoned Design Review District (DRD) Monday night for “inventive design that can’t be achieved through conventional zoning districts.”

Proposed Riverside Commons, a 16.94-acre site for residential and commercial development at East Suber and Hammett Bridge Road, was approved by the planning commission on Monday. Mark III Properties plans 88 townhomes with common areas on 13 acres. The remaining 3.4 acres reserved for future commercial development.

Quik Trip will build a second convenience store in Greer to be located at 2414 S. Highway. The store will be sandwiched between Johns Road and Concourse Way. The store will be Prototype 3, the most current and similar to one at Buncombe Road and Wade Hampton Blvd.

Quik Trip’s location puts it at the Hwy. 14 entry to Greenville-Spartanburg International Airport, which is undergoing a $120 million Terminal Improvement Project. “We love the upstate and plan on building more,” said Mike Thornbrugh, spokesperson for the Tulsa, Okla., company. “We’ve had great success and it’s ripe for more Quik Trips.”

Ground has not been broken ground and Quik Trip has several layers of city entities to satisfy with the permitting process. The earliest opening is tentatively set for July.

 

 

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