Planners share ideas to improve entrance into downtown Greenville

People in the community gathered at Bon Secours Wellness Arena Tuesday night to learn about the Greenville Gateway Project.

“We are trying to improve it, make it more walkable, provide more amenities and also enhance and protect the character that makes it unique,” Juan Mullerat, principal of Plusurbia, said.

The project aims to improve the entry way into downtown Greenville from I-385. Planners held several public meetings in the past few days for people to learn about the project and weigh in.

“It’s been overwhelming the response, very, very positive,” Jennifer Donovan, DOM360 chief marketing officer said. “There have been council members, county, city, private stakeholders and residents, they’ve all been very, very supportive.”

At Tuesday’s presentation, Mullerat said his firm planned to share ideas they came up with for the area based on input they received from people during the public meetings.

“We are envisioning from what we heard, the potential of developing the surrounding of the arena with development that compliments the event space and that could be retail, that could be office, it could even be housing, mixed-income housing, so there’s a lot of potential there,” Mullerat said.

Mullerat said another idea involves ways to slow down traffic coming into downtown.

“We have been discussing how to slow traffic down and improve this section with a boulevard signaling people that you have arrived, that this is the door of your city,” Mullerat said. “The section of east North will have several interventions that provide that transition into your town.”

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