Planning for Livability
The Connections for Sustainability project is a multi-faceted endeavor of interrelated parts. The four focus areas are transportation alternatives, housing options, economic development, and parks/trails/open space. The focus of the grant project began with a citywide focus, and is building to a focus on the west side. This website offers details about each facet of the project, and more information is added monthly, as the grant progresses.
The first phase of the Connections for Sustainability project began in 2011, and with the exception of the TOeD Zoning and Design Guidelines, will wrap up at the end of 2012. The TOeD Zoning and Design Guidelines are a continuation of the Transit Feasibility Study, and will be completed over the first six months of 2013. This phase is concentrated on citywide planning efforts. In doing so three distinct reports emerged, and are listed below.
The second phase of the project began in the Fall of 2012 and will last through the end of the grant in February 2014. This phase is concentrated on improving the quality of life of west side residents. It will consist of two planning initiatives:
With an EPA Brownsfields investment of $247,900, the Salvation Army Kroc Center generated $30.2 million in capital investment, and a $40 million operational
endownment. Ninety full-time jobs were created at the site, with an annual payroll of nearly $865,000. Download the report
Brownfields are real property, the expansion, redevelopment, or reuse of which may be complicated by the presence or potential presence of a hazardous substance, pollutant, or contaminant. Cleaning up and reinvesting in these properties protects the environment, reduces blight, and takes development pressures off greenspaces and working lands.
More Brownfields Information
The City of Greenville competes for grant money provided from the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) to perform environmental assessments and clean-ups for potential brownfield sites across the City. This report analyzes the return on those investments, and documents some of the history and redevelopments of these sites.
Connections relies on strong partner organizations and has established many valuable
community partnerships. Our partners include:
The Connections project has also been supported by and is working closely with several
neighborhood groups, including Southernside, Neighborhoods in Action, West Greenville Neighborhood
Association, West End Neighborhood Association, West Pendleton
Business District, and Hampton-Pinckney Historic Preservation Association.
The Connections project is always seeking active community partners. Please
contact us if you or your organization would like to be involved.