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NewSpring Church must remedy retention pond issue

By Jim Fair, Editor
Published on Saturday, September 21, 2013

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Greer State Bank has historical precedence for its retention pond. NewSpring's options are to tie into the existing pond or build its own.

Greer State Bank has historical precedence for its retention pond. NewSpring's options are to tie into the existing pond or build its own.



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The site plan for NewSpring Church shows the 12 acres sandwiched between Hwy. 14 and Buncombe Road. A 65,000-square foot building will house a 1,400-seat sanctuary and the remaining area will be paved for more than 800 vehicles.

Jim Fair

The site plan for NewSpring Church shows the 12 acres sandwiched between Hwy. 14 and Buncombe Road. A 65,000-square foot building will house a 1,400-seat sanctuary and the remaining area will be paved for more than 800 vehicles.

NewSpring Church associates will have to decide whether to tie into a retention pond behind Greer State Bank at 871 S. Buncombe Road or build its own.

Architects and engineers of NewSpring met with the Greer Planning Advisory Committee on Thursday to listen to the city’s department heads clarify ordinances and codes.

Don Holloman, Greer City Engineer, told the group the bank has historical precedence for the pond. NewSpring’s site map for the 12-acre campus between Hwy. 14 and Buncombe Road, does not show a retention pond.

Church officials told the City Board of Zoning Appeals it will provide parking for more than 800 vehicles, about 500 more than the required one vehicle for every four seats in the proposed 1,400-seat sanctuary.

The non-denominational church will have a 65,000-square foot structure on the campus. No kitchen is planned, according to church officials.

The address is 855 S. Buncombe Road with the church having the option to change it to Main Street if desired.

Six fire hydrants will have to be placed strategically on the property.

NewSpring wrapped up its purchase on the property, formerly held by Bi-Lo Inc., with the acquisition of the former Hot Spot on Hwy. 14.

Perry Noble is the founding and senior pastor of the non-denominational NewSpring Church of South Carolina. The church averages 22,000 people during weekend services at its seven campuses – Greenville, Anderson, Charleston, Columbia, Florence, Greenwood and Spartanburg. A Clemson campus is also being discussed.

Businesses mentioned in this article.

Greer State Bank

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