Friday, February 22, 2019

Future Economic Security

If you don’t build it, they won’t come. That’s for sure.
~ DiDi Caldwell, a Greenville-based site selection expert.

South Greenville Enterprise Park
A group of three families have joined together in hopes to secure future economic security for Greenville County. They want to pool their lands and create a business park near Interstate 185. This would be a match or above Clemson University’s International Center for Automotive Research.

To be named “South Greenville Enterprise Park” it would be the first to be completed under the county’s just created “Business and Technology District” zoning. This zoning will limit development in the park to offices, labs, data centers and banks. A bit of warehousing and clean manufacturing will also be possible.

One big caveat will be the infrastructure. There is currently no sewer lines in that area and it could be a hard sell to get any businesses to commit without installed utilities. Because of this Greenville County has had a hard time competing with neighboring counties that already have infrastructure in place.

Some numbers:

  1. Economic development in Greenville County fell from $336 million invested and 1,800 jobs created in 2017 to $151 million invested and 1,500 jobs created in 2018.
  2. Neighboring Spartanburg County has more shovel-ready sites and infrastructure and had a boon of several major announcements in 2018: Keurig for $350 million, Grupo Antolin for $150 million and Draexlmaier for $42.7 million.


Once complete, the park would have uniform landscaping, architecture and amenities that businesses are looking for. Also, according to new county rules, the park is required to have 150 feet buffer from any residential land and 100-foot landscaped buffer. Outdoor storage will be banned, noise and odor restrictions, limited-height towers to 90 feet and dumpsters will be hidden.

The property is currently zoned for residential homes so zoning will have to be applied for and approved with the current owners in full support. Local homeowners living in the area around the proposed park are hesitant with lots of questions. As the rural nature of the area is replaced with building and growth will it truly be good for us?

Greenville SC is frequently named one of the best places to live in the U.S. and is the fourth-fastest growing city in the U.S. The key will be to maintain growth while also maintaining quality of life. Once quality of life begins to degrade, you begin to lose workers and homeowners. But it seems Greenville SC has its heart in the right place. Advance the future of the economy while honoring the things that make Greenville a “best place to live”.


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Tuesday, February 19, 2019

Just Listed - 901 Plantation Drive, Simpsonville, SC 29681

901 Plantation Drive, Simpsonville, SC 29681
Bedrooms: 5
Bathrooms: 3.5
Levels: 2
Square Feet: +/-2871
Type: Detached Single Family
MLS # 1385743
Price: $288,800

Welcome to 901 Plantation Drive located in the desirable neighborhood of Holly Tree Plantation. Holly Tree is a subdivision that offer a lot of amenities that you can join on your own without having to pay for amenities you would never use. The home is situated on a corner lot in a cul-de-sac and has 5 Bedrooms 3.5 Bathrooms and open floor plan with a Kitchen a Chef would love to make meals in all day long. The Dining Room that make a great office too just off to the left as you enter the home. The Great Room is oversize great for gatherings to include a fire place that can be wood burning or gas large whichever you desire. The kitchen is beautiful ad provides tons of cabinet space. The home overlooks a semi private backyard with an inground pool. There is a back staircase that leads up to a 5th bedroom with its own full bathroom. So, let me tell you how well maintained this move in ready home is and why you should come and see it and make it your own. The windows were replaced with new double hung & insulated in 2006, In 2007 the Electric Fence with 2 separate loops were installed in the Front and back yards. Then the Front and Back doors were replaced. In 2008 a New garbage Disposal was put in and the Dining Room Ceiling Fan was replaced. In June 2014 the Master Bath room received updating with a new double sink vanity, tiled Shower with glass enclosure, toilet and flooring. In 2015 the following several upgraded features were completed and these included the following the ceilings were smoothed in the Kitchen and Great Room. The home received July the New Architectural Roof Shingles was installed, the Fence for Pool August 2015, then the wainscoting was installed in October 2015, The Second Bathroom had a new cultured marble vanity with sink, new light fixture and a new toilet installed. The biggest updated item was the kitchen with a complete remodel in November 2015 with all new Kraft maid cabinets with coffee highlights crown molding and rope accenting.


For more photos and details, click the link below.

The interactive map below shows 901 Plantation Drive but not necessarily the exact location of the home itself. Directions: From Greenville Take a Right onto Hwy 14 from Woodruff Rd and continue until Left into Holly Tree Country Club Plantation Drive until reaching 901 Plantation Drive on Left.


Friday, February 15, 2019

No More Potholes for Simpsonville

no more potholes for simpsonville sc
In their initiative to support cities across the U.S., Domino’s Pizza has planned to fix potholes for the City of Simpsonville. The city was granted $5,000 from Domino’s Paving for Pizza program to pave over potholes and improve city streets.

The project starts in March with the Simpsonville public works department to finish the paving in five months or less. The program began with Domino’s asking people to submit nominations for their towns for the grant. So many were submitted that Domino’s decided to expand the program to pave one community in each state.

Simpsonville was selected due to an overwhelming submission of nominations. Domino’s sends the funds, but the actual paving is done by public works department. Simpsonville is expecting to pave over 200 portholes with their grant. The grant gives Simpsonville some extra capital to buy paving materials.

On the Domino’s website you can see a map of the cities they have already reached, and the number of potholes fixed in each one. Photos are included. Since this program launched, all 50 states have submitted over 194,000 nominations.

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Friday, February 8, 2019

A 10,000 Foot View

downtown greenville sc
Let’s check in on Greenville SC and see how things are going. Some of the stats below are provided by Trulia® and can seem a bit biased based on the number of homes in each category.
  • Median Sales Price: $200,000 (Oct 24 to Jan 23) 
  • Price Per Sqft: $126 
  • Median Rent Per Month: $1,197 (Dec 24 to Jan 24) 

Market Trends in Housing

Trends in Greenville SC show a 7 percent year-over-year rise in median sales price and a zero percent drop in median rent per month. Looking back over the last year, rents did top out at around $1,300 using the summer when demand for housing usually increases due to an influx of new employees into the area.

Crime in the Greenville SC area is relatively low with only 10 incidents reported in the Greenville SC city limits. Most reported crime incidents were outside the city*. The most frequent crimes over the past year were 127 counts of theft, 18 counts of arrest, 4 counts of robbery, 4 counts of shooting and 4 counts of burglary.

Some Demographics on Your Neighbors

  • Single Residents: 38 percent 
  • Home Owners: 58 percent 
  • Median Age: 38 
  • Median Household Income: $38,649 
  • College Educated: 35 percent. 
Most of the workers (98%) in Greenville SC commute by car. Toward downtown your commute times are around 10-15 minutes. As you work your way out of downtown your commute increases to between 20 mins and 45 mins.

Great Place to Live

Even after all these stats, Greenville SC’s great amenities, our growing economy and creating balance between growth and quality of life. Livability.com has scored Greenville SC as one of their “Best Places to Live” saying it has a lot going for it. Situated in the booming Charlotte to Atlanta corridor and with some great southern charm, you can’t beat the vibe and feel of the youthful workforce and diversified economy. Reviving main street after the textile industry faltered, Greenville SC got on top quickly by diversifying the economic base.

There are also many great amenities in Greenville SC for everyone. The visitor’s bureau has worked hard to make Greenville SC a destination city rather than an interstate pass through. The city itself is rather beautiful with the planned greenspace and hiking and biking trails. There are many festivals throughout the year and lots of museums and performances in the Peace Center.

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*Data from SpotCrime.com and CrimeReports.com

Friday, February 1, 2019

Travelers Rest Prepares for Expansion

travelers rest prepares for expansion
The Travelers Rest Planning Commission has approved a new development called The Pinestone Development. It has been proposed for the former Emb-Tex plant site. The approval is conditional based on the developer complying with recommendations set forth by the TR planning commission. The approval could happen in March.

This mixed-use development could bring 250 apartment units, 100 single-family homes and 77,000 sf of space for businesses and medical to Travelers Rest.

Around 100 people filled the municipal court room in Travelers Rest for the public hearing. Some spoke in favor of the development and others voiced concerns. A feeling that fast development could ruin the “charming” atmosphere. Another voiced concerns about increased traffic.

A saving grace for the small town of Travelers Rest may be that it is not a pass-through town but rather a destination up against the border of the North Carolina Mountains. Travelers would stop in town for a brief time to rest before starting their arduous journey into the mountains. Some travelers would spend the winter waiting for the snow to melt.

In and Around Greenville SC
A new 36,000 sf facility has broken ground to replace the South Carolina Children’s Theatre in the 100 block of August Street. Construction is expected to take 15 months.

Close by is the new site of Augusta Row Townhomes that will include 27 luxury townhomes on Claussen Avenue and Thruston Street. Construction should begin sometime in February.

Another site near Augusta and Bradshaw Streets will make way for two luxury condos with other development planned for another portion of the site.

The Camperdown development has secured another tenant in business solutions firm Elliott Davis. It will relocate its corporate headquarters and anchor the new Falls Tower building. The firm joins Bank of America, AC Hotel and a luxury apartment and retail space currently under construction. Elliott Davis has over 250 employees in Greenville and is still growing.

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