|Corner of Stone Avenue & North Main|
Stone Avenue Development
The project is still in design phase, and there is a lot of discussion with the North Main Community Association, who would like to see softer transitions between the apartments and single family residential on Rowley St. The community would also like to see a high-end market that would anchor the retail space. The association represents residents in a trendy area of older homes, very popular for the proximity to the downtown attractions.
Stone Ave is located just off the north side of downtown Greenville and certainly needs an new look to make it more attractive. Its redevelopment has been hot topic over the last few years as the City proposed a Stone Avenue Plan which called for a narrowing of the road to two lanes and more parking. However, Stone has plenty of traffic since it shunts drivers around the city center; this has caused concern from local business owners. The Plan is still a work in progress, so time shall determine how the new look will progress.
Swamp Rabbit Trail SubdivisionWith the decline of the recession, new home building is rolling strong again in the Greenville area. There are plenty of new homes to choose from, however, one unique subdivision is the first to provide direct access to the Swamp Rabbit Trail, which has been huge draw for pedestrians and bicyclists. Running from downtown Greenville out to Travelers Rest, there have been limited land opportunities for development, but Addison Homes has managed to offer home sites directly on the trail, just south of Furman University off Watkins Bridge Road. Their homes will feature “energy smart” homes which will be solar capable and able to produce more energy that they consume.
The Swamp Rabbit Trail has seen a tremendous increase in usage, but many people must drive to access it. Studies have shown that traffic on such metro trails depends on how close residents are to the trail. In response, Greenville County has added spur trails, links and sidewalks for resident to gain easier access without the drive. An interesting proposed side trail will link to a new park and amphitheater at the old Travelers Rest High School.