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.

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  • New Construction: Preview a selection of GCRA’s newly constructed homes, featuring various floor plans and beautiful landscaping.
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