Woodside Mill Design Guidelines

In consultation with the SC Department of Archives and History (SC DAH), the Greenville County Redevelopment Authority (GCRA) has developed design guidelines for the Woodside Cotton Mill Village - a neighborhood listed in the National Register of Historic Places since 1986.  The design guidelines, developed by the Jaeger Company, an architectural and historic preservation firm, serve to facilitate housing rehabilitation and new construction while maintaining the historic character of the village.  Interested parties may review the design guidelines document by clicking here (part 1) and here (part 2).  A hard copy of the design guidelines is also available for public review Monday through Friday (except holidays) between 8:30 a.m. and 5:00 p.m. at the GCRA offices located in County Square at 301 University Ridge, Suite 2500, Greenville, SC 29601.

The approved design elevations for new housing construction activities are provided below for review.  You can click any small thumbnail image to view it larger.

Aiden front elevation Aiden rear elevation
Burke front elevation Burke rear elevation
Landon front elevation Landon rear elevation
Miles front elevation Miles rear elevation
Prentis front elevation Prentis rear elevation

 

 

 

 

 

 

   

GCRA Receives GGAR Award

Greenville County Redevelopment Authority (GCRA) and the Brutontown community was recently awarded the 2010 Greater Greenville Association of Realtors (GGAR) Revitalization Award in the Multi-Use category.  Todd Yeomans, GCRA Board Chairman, and Hattie Garrison, Brutontown Neighborhood Association President accepted the prestigious award on October 28 at the GGAR luncheon on behalf of the agency and the community.  The revitalization strategies key to GCRA's  selection include infrastructure Improvements, new road construction, addition of sidewalks, curbs and gutters, sanitary sewer upgrades and new housing construction.   When completed, Brutontown will be home to 80 new bungalow and craftsman style homes priced from $90,000.  GCRA's homes range from 1,100 to 1,200 square feet, many of which have three bedrooms and two bathrooms.

More than 40 substandard structures have been demolished; 29 new, affordable, single-family homes have been built; 4 elderly housing units have been completed; and infrastructure improvements are visible throughout the community.  "A major component of the revitalization is the 12,000 square foot Brutontown Community Center, which is located in the heart of the neighborhood.  We are grateful to the community and the many partners that have been involved in the process of improving the community." shared Todd Yeomans, GCRA's Board Chairman.

Always bustling with activity, the Brutontown Community Center managed by the Greenville County Recreation District conducts programs for senior adults and after-school children, such as basketball, step team, cheerleading, karate, arts and crafts and many others. GCRA worked in partnership with the Greenville County Recreation District to build the new facility, which includes an indoor multipurpose room, basketball courts and an outdoor playground.

Partnership with the Parker Sewer and Fire Sub district allowed sewer improvements to be made throughout the community through a cost sharing method.  With the assistance of the County Public Works Department's repaving program and the support of the Greenville Legislative Delegation Transportation Committee and Co-Transco, most streets will have new surface coats, curbing, and sidewalks. With the assistance of community volunteers, TreesGreenville planted numerous trees and shrubbery to create an urban forest and enhance the beauty of the neighborhood.  Old Paris Mountain Road, the main entryway to the community, has undergone an incredible transformation as well, complete with a beautiful sign, donated by the Wachovia Foundation, which invites people into the neighborhood.

GCRA‘s partnerships in the Brutontown neighborhood have been invaluable.  "I would like to thank our many private and public partners for their efforts to assist the agency with our mission while fulfilling their mission to serve Greenville County" commented Todd Yeoman, GCRA Board Chairman. 


About GCRA
GCRA's mission is to improve the quality of life for low and moderate income citizens of Greenville County by administering Housing and Urban Development (HUD) funds and developing community partnerships. GCRA takes a comprehensive approach to revitalization by building new homes, rehabilitating existing homes, and strengthening the infrastructures of the communities, as well as providing credit and homeownership education and counseling programs. GCRA works throughout Greenville County, including areas such as Fountain Inn, Greer, Travelers Rest, Mauldin, and Simpsonville.

   

Poe Mill Redevelopment Project

Inspired by a local makeshift skate park, the Greenville County Redevelopment Authority (GCRA) in 2009 entered a Voluntary Clean-up Contract (VCC) with SC DHEC prior to purchasing the former Poe Mill site for the purposes of redeveloping the site as a recreational park.  The facility, located at the intersection of A Street and Buncombe Road in Greenville County, SC, operated as a textile mill from 1896 to 1977.  The property occupies 11.02 acres and currently contains no standing buildings, although two iconic smoke stacks and some partial structures remain after a fire destroyed the site in 2003.  A Phase I and II Environmental Assessment conducted in coordination with SC DHEC revealed that contaminants such as metals and polynuclear aromatic compounds are present in surface soil above levels acceptable for unrestricted use.  Prior to reuse as a recreational park, GCRA is required to remove and dispose of building debris according to applicable environmental regulations, further assess uncovered areas once debris is removed, and address all contaminated soil.

GCRA is partnering with Clemson University's Landscape Architecture Program and its a.LINE.ments Studio to work with neighborhood residents and other project stakeholders to develop a conceptual design for the proposed park including improvements to neighborhood gateways such as Shaw Street, Buncombe Road, Conyers Street, Hammett Street and Hammett Street Extension.  On September 20, 2010, GCRA and Clemson University hosted a public meeting to gather the ideas and vision of residents regarding the proposed park and gateways.  At the public meeting, Clemson students displayed results of their analysis of the old mill site, the results of a survey administered by the students in the Poe Mill neighborhood were presented, and residents and interested parties communicated their ideas for the park.  The survey questions were designed to assess resident recreation needs and desires, quality of life issues, and to update outdated census information for the community.  The results of the neighborhood survey, ideas gathered from the public meeting, and site analysis information will be utilized by Clemson students to develop a variety different conceptual designs that project stakeholders will be able to choose from. The selected conceptual plan will be used in applications submitted for federal and state clean-up funds towards the redevelopment of the site.

GCRA has also established a seven-member steering committee to provide ongoing leadership and guidance towards the planning and reuse of the site.  Committee members represent a cross section of the community, including neighborhood residents, members of the skate boarding community, local developers, recreation district staff, and community leaders.  The first Poe Mill Steering Committee meeting was held on September 17, 2010.  The steering committee will continue to meet as the project progresses.  To interact with project stakeholders, view project photos, or learn about project updates, please visit the Poe Mill Collaborative Project Page on Facebook at http://www.facebook.com/pages/Poe-Mill-Collaborative-Project/133021670077297?v=wall&ref=ts.  Contact Rashida Jeffers, GCRA Community Development Planner, for further information at This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it or 864-242-9801, extension 120.

   

Consolidated and Annual Action Plans

Greenville County has prepared a five year Consolidated Plan for federally funded housing and community development programs, to cover activities from July, 2015 to June, 2019.

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Check out our community posters, showcasing houses and landmarks in each historic neighborhood.

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  • New Construction: Preview a selection of GCRA’s newly constructed homes, featuring various floor plans and beautiful landscaping.
  • Repair Projects: Before and after photos of repairs to houses.