Guidelines for ‘vibrant district’ go to Greenville panel

Proposed guidelines for the North Laurens Street pedestrian area between West Washington Street and One City Plaza in downtown Greenville include string lights, outdoor seating and decorative spheres at the entrance of the Aloft Hotel. The city’s plans for the “vibrant district off Main Street” are on the Design Review Board’s Aug. 6 agenda.

The project is “intended to create a vibrant and colorful pedestrian destination,” according to the city guidelines prepared by 4240 Architecture, the architects of the hotel that is set to open in November.

Mary Douglas Hirsch, downtown manager in the city’s Economic Development Department, submitted the plans prepared in conjunction with Hughes Development Corp. Records show the city is spending about $135,000 on the granite pavers, benches and other public parts of the project that includes retail and restaurant space on both sides of the hotel entry.
“Restaurants are encouraged to have a diverse approach to space making on their patios,” the proposed guidelines show.

Hirsch said the guidelines will help show tenants of the retail and restaurant spaces where they can put chairs and outdoor dining areas.

The city design panel’s Aug. 6 agenda also includes an office building and pedestrian cover by Centennial American Properties LLC and the McKibbon Hotel Group Inc.’s Aloft Hotel planned at The Greenville News site as part of the Camperdown mixed-use development.

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Alyssa BennettGuidelines for ‘vibrant district’ go to Greenville panel