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Events are free of charge, and open to the public. Schedule is tentative, and subject to change. Stay tuned to our website calendar or join our mailing list to get the latest updates on the Connections project and the West Side Comprehensive Plan.

March

image of map showing grocery store locations on west side

In response to issues raised by the west side community during the comprehensive planning process, a more in-depth market analysis was conducted. The Expanded Market Study Analysis results were presented on March 6, 2014. The Analysis looks at the demographics and economy of the west side, and lays the ground work for addressing two important issues: maintaining artists in residence in the Village of West Greenville, and attracting a grocery store to the west side.

February

Photo of west side resident holding marker board with his ideas written on it.

The West Side Comprehensive Plan is complete, and available here for your download as an entire document or by chapter. The plan focuses on three core principles:
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  1. Make the west side a child-friendly community,
  2. Create a ladder of opportunity, and
  3. Engrain a culture of healthy living.

West Side Comprehensive Plan (by Chapter)

Chapter 1

Executive Summary

Chapter 2

Background/Previous Plans

Chapter 3

Engaging the Community

Chapter 4

Organizing to Empower the Community
The involvement of community members in the revitalization efforts of the West Side is critical. This chapter organizes the grassroots structure to empower residents and community groups to back the vision developed in the plan. The second half of the chapter presents tools to address a specific threat to the community — gentrification.

Chapter 5

Homegrown Jobs
Key challenges in connecting West Side residents to quality jobs are education, training, poor work history and personal backgrounds. Recommendations seek to address these challenges by strengthening access to existing training and placement programs, non-conventional job paths, small business support and incubation.

Chapter 6

Growing a Healthy Community
Strategies for improving food access focus on attracting healthy food retailers to the West Side area, through both conventional channels and mobile markets, developing food growing skills and distributing food that is grown through an urban agriculture education center and community gardens.

Chapter 7

Transportation
West Side residents indicated a need for transportation options that are safe and affordable. Recommendations include: retrofitting Academy Street, Pendleton Street, West Washington Street, and Pete Hollis Boulevard with wider sidewalks, bike lanes, and protected crossings with pedestrian refuge areas; bike and pedestrian network; improved crossings over and under the railroad tracks that divide and isolate neighborhoods; and increased availability and coverage of local transit routes.

Chapter 8

Public Infrastructure
Recommendations focus on improvements that will: 1) ensure that all residents are within a quarter-mile of a park; and 2) protect the natural environment while improving stormwater and sewer services.

Chapter 9

Housing for Everyone
Programs are proposed to stabilize West Side neighborhoods, prevent displacement of existing residents (renters and homeowners), preserve the character of the residential neighborhoods, and preserve the existing housing stock.

Chapter 10

Development Strategies
Development strategies include key development opportunities and major catalyst sites that are expected to drive development over the next several decades, as well as land-use policies needed to support that development.

Chapter 11

Appendix

December

comp plan logo West Side Comprehensive Plan Presentation
Tuesday, Dec. 3, 6:30-8 pm at the Kroc Center

The West Side Comprehensive Plan is almost complete. A summary of the suggestions was presented at the December 3 presentation. Each chapter was highlighted at a booth. Consultants and staff were on hand to answer questions and speak one-on-one about the details of the plan’s suggestion. This presentation was the last one to be led by the Lawrence Group consulting team. Once the Plan is complete, it will be published on our website. It's more than 200 pages long, and covers all of the information you've seen at the meetings and charrettes this Fall. The information covers a wide range of topics, from affordable housing and gentrification issues, to community building and empowerment suggestions. If you live or work in the west side, there is something in this plan for you!

November

November 2, West Side Fair

The West Side Fall Fair Talent Show was a big success! 12 contestants participated and the winners are listed below. A heartfelt thanks to everyone who participated!
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  1. First Place – Warren Jackson, for his exceptional delta blues piano playing
  2. Second Place – International Dance Academy, for their La Jarabe Nayarita dance, from the state of Nayarit, Mexico. Machetes and colorful dresses gave the show a spectacular finale.
  3. Third Place – NoDayzOff, for this teen duo’s excellent teamwork and choreographed dance moves.

Update to West Side Comprehensive Plan – The West Side Comprehensive Plan will produce a report - view the draft outline. The Plan seeks to address three core principles:

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  1. Make the West Side a child-friendly community: Neighborhoods and transportation systems that work for children work for everyone.
  2. Create a ladder of opportunity: People of all backgrounds, ages, and income-levels should have opportunities to live and work in the West Side.
  3. Ingrain a culture of healthy living: Healthy meals and exercise should be a part of everyday life for West Side residents.

The report will contain policy suggestions to help the City of Greenville guide change and growth in the west side. Read a first draft of the policy suggestions. Your comments and questions are welcome and appreciated; please email us at connections@greenvillesc.gov, or phone us at 864-467-4750.

November 12, 14 – West Side Comp Plan presentations to area Neighborhood Association meetings. If you live in Southernside, West End, or West Greenville neighborhoods, be sure to attend this month’s neighborhood meeting!

December

December 3, 6:00 to 7:30, Kroc Center – The last West Side Plan presentation will be made on Tuesday, December 3 at the Kroc Center. Stay tuned to the Connections newsletter and website for more details.

About the West Side Plan

The Comprehensive Plan will build on all of the existing plans completed for the west side, and incorporate lessons and strategies identified in the Housing Strategy and Transit Feasibility Study. The objective of the plan will be to document areas where revitalization can best occur, recommend tools for managing this growth to avoid involuntary displacement of residents, as well as outline strategies to address issues related to affordable housing options, transportation choices, parks and open space, and economic development on the west side. This planning process began in July 2013, involves extensive citizen input and participation, and will continue through the year.

The consultant team leading this process is The Lawrence Group. The first step to create a Comprehensive Plan for the West Side is a meeting with the four Focus Teams that have been meeting through the winter and early Spring to outline key issues and guiding principles for the project’s four areas of focus: Economic Development, Parks/Trails/Open Space, Housing, and Transportation. These Focus Teams are formed of committed residents, business owners, and community leaders, and their work will help bring the consultant group up-to-speed on the project quickly. Then, the consultant team will work through the summer to complete the data gathering and analysis, set up the project steering committee, and interview resident leaders so together we can kick off the Fall with a robust public engagement schedule.

Previous Meetings

August 7, 12:00 to 1:30, Kroc Center – Focus Teams have been working in advance of the West Side Comp Plan to identify key issues and guiding principles related to four topics: Parks/Trails/Open Space, Housing, Transportation, and Economic Development. Each team will present their findings to the consultant group. A light lunch will be served.

August 14, 12:00 to 1:30, Kroc Center – “What’s Planning got to Do with It?” Part of our Sustainable Conversation series. Join us as we take a look behind-the-scenes into the steps that have led Greenville to be the awesome, cool, vibrant city it is today. We will hear a down-to-Earth and informative presentation from some of the most knowledgeable people in the City.

August 15, 6:00 to 7:30, Greenville Rescue Mission – Share Your Dream of the west side with the Comprehensive Planning team. This is one of three get-togethers to be held in the project area as we build momentum for the workshop week. Each one will be different, and refreshments will be served.

August 17, 10:00 to 11:30, West Greenville Community Center – Share Your Dream of the west side with the Comprehensive Planning team. This is one of three get-togethers to be held in the project area as we build momentum for the workshop week. Each one will be different. Stay for lunch after the meeting.

August 24, 8:30 to 10:30, Kroc Center – Share Your Dream of the west side with the Comprehensive Planning team. This is one of three get-togethers to be held in the project area as we build momentum for the workshop week. Bike and walking tours of the west side will be fun for the whole family. Breakfast will be provided.

August 26, 6:00 to 7:30, Kroc Center – Workshop Week Kick-Off – Come meet the team and get an introduction to the West Side Comprehensive Planning process.

August 27 to August 30, 9am to 5:30 pm, Kroc Center – Workshop Week – What is the great about your West Side neighborhood? What could use some improvement? Drop in on the consultant team as they work to document the issues and opportunities in the West Side. This is a block by block analysis, so your input is very valuable and appreciated. Open focus group discussions are scheduled throughout the Workshop Week, so join the discussions that focus on the issues most important to you. Bcycle mobile kiosk and bike check in available 11 am to 3 pm each day. Pin-ups of the day’s progress will be presented every evening at 5:30 pm.

September

September 5, 6:00 to 7:30, Kroc Center – Workshop Wrap-Up – See the results of the west side inventory and analysis, including all of the work done over the week-long design workshop. Whether you attended any of the activities in August or not, this is a good meeting to attend to make sure the consultants have it right.