City Center Master Plan 2003

635466378318270000In 2003, Greenwood embarked on a downtown redevelopment planning process. The “need for a clearly defined city center and outdoor gathering space” and the fact that downtown Greenwood was “highly over saturated” with professional office space were concerns expressed by local citizens. Additionally, some of the key downtown cultural assets, such as the Community Theater and Museum, were in severe decline. The final redevelopment report, entitled The Greenwood City Center Master Plan, identified the need to establish a cultural center as an economic catalyst for new investment.

Since the inception of that plan, over $23.6 million in public and private dollars have been invested into the City Center. The City Center Master Plan has certainly been a catalyst for growth in  Greenwood!

Completed Projects
Oak/Main Streetscape

Completed March 2014

This project, awarded to Sossaman Constrction (Gaffney, SC) included new sidewalk installation, to include brick paver insets to match the sidewalk improvements already completed throughout the Uptown. It also included the installation of new pedestrian level decorative street lights, relocated utilities underground, decorative crosswalks, road paving and new landscaping.

Before/After - Main Street

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Before/After - Oak Ave

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West Court Avenue Streetscape
Completed: March 2012

West Court Avenue streetscape project began in September 2013 as the 11th phase of the implementation of the City Center Master Plan.  The construction included the entire stretch of W. Court Ave from Main Street to Monument Street at the Greenwood County Courthouse.  This project included new sidewalks with decorative brick paver band, new decorative lighting, relocating utilities underground, new decorative crosswalks and new landscaping. 

Before/After: W. Court Ave

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Maxwell/Long Alley Parking Lot & Facade
Long Alley Before Long Alley After Parking Before
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Greenwood County Library
Greenwood County Library

The Greenwood County Library received Silver LEED Certification for its new facility, which opened in September 2010. It is South Carolina’s first LEED-certified public library. The building was designed by Craig Gaulden Davis and constructed by Yeargin Potter Shackleford Construction. The project was funded by the local Capital Projects Sales Tax. 
Riley/Magnolia Streetcape
Construction on the Riley/Magnolia Streetcape project are slated to begin in September 2015.  This project is the first streetscape on the Eastern side of the Uptown Greenwood Square and will include new sidewalks with decorative brick pavers, new pedestrian level lighting with decorative light poles, new road surface and the introduction of street trees and additional landscape material.  This project will connect Uptown Greenwood to Magnolia park through the addition of new and improved crosswalks.  The project is funded through a Community Development Block Grant (CDBG) and local Hospitality Taxes.  The City has also partnered with Greenwood Metropolitan District (GMD) and the Commissioners of Public Works to provide new underground utilities.

Take a moment to view the video below, filmed by the City Manager in August 2014 which explains the importance of this new streetscape to the community.

Street Scape Proposal from Greenwood Calendar on Vimeo.
Uptown Market
September 2014- December 2015

Construction on the Uptown Market Project began September 19, 2014. Crews with Satterfield Construction removed the old asphalt parking. New storm drainage and the underground water and sewer utilities that will serve the market restrooms were installed. The parking lot was paved and landscaping was installed.

Construction on the remainder of the project began in early April of this year, with estimated project completion near the end of December 2015. The project was awarded to Melloul-Blamey (Greenville,SC). The plans include the market pavilion structure, restroom facilities, interactive fountain, additional landscaping, lighting,  elevated lawn and plaza.

This project is funded with the investment of local hospitality taxes in partnership with the V. Kann Rasmussen Foundation, the Self Regional Healthcare Foundation, the Self Family Foundation, the City of Greenwood, the Greenwood Commissioners of Public Works, and the Greenwood Metropolitan District.



July 2015 In Progress