Greenville hopes to connect downtown Main St. to museums and theater


NEW PLAN HOPE TO MAKE GREENVILLE’S DOWNTOWN AREA MORE PEDESTRIAN-FRIENDLY. RENEE WUNDERLICH HAS THE DETAILS. RENEE: YOU MAY SOON BE ABLE TO WALK FROM MAIN STREET DOWNTOWN TO ONE OF THESE MUSEUMS IN HERITAGE Green. >> IT REALLY BENEFITS DOWNTOWN IN TERMS OF THIS CONNECTIVITY, AND THEN THOSE MUSEUMS AND LIBRARIES ON THE OTHER SIDE, IN THE NEIGHBORHOODS SURROUNDING IT, AS HEAV FELT DISCONNECTED FROM BOTH. REE:NE THE CITY HAS PLANNED TO REDO THIS INTERSECTION SINCE 2012. THE PROPOSED PLAN REMOVES AN AAY TRAVEL LANE AND PARKING FROM COLLEGE STREET. ADD MORE LIGHTING, PLENTY OF TREES AND MULTI-FUNCTIONAL TRAILS FOR PEDESTRIANS AND CYCLISTS. THE TS AND THE STREET OF THE ACADEMY COULD BECOME A PASSAGE IN THE CITY CENTRE. >> WE SERVE A LOT OF FAMILIES WITH CHILDREN UNDER 12, SO THERE ARE OFTEN STROLLERS, TODDLERS, LOTS OF LITTLE ONES CROSSING LITTLE PEOPLE STREETS HERE IN DOWNTOWN GREENVILLE. SO MAKE SURE THEY CAN MAKE IT AS FELYSA AS POSSIBLE IS, WITHOUT DOUBT, THE TOP PRIORITY. WE ALSO THINK THERE IS A LOOFT OPPORTUNITY FOR ME AKIT A REALLY NICE CROSSING. RENEE: THE VIRTUAL ESTUDAY NIGHT MEETING SHARED HOW THE CITY HOPE TO WORK WITH THE DOT AND SOUTH CAROLINA DEVELOPERS TO MAKE THIS INTERSECTION LOOK AND ACT MORE LIKE DOWNTOWN MAIN STREET. >> YOU CAN GO TO THE CITY CENTER, MEAL, GO UP TO SEE ONE OF OUR SHOWS. D SAANFELY GO AND RETURN. THIS IS WHAT I THINK IS THE MOST IMPORTANT, MOST USEFUL OF THIS PROJECT.CT GABBY: THE CITY HOPE PORTIONS OF THE PROJECT WILL START LATER THIS YEAR AND CONSTRUCTION CONTINUE EARLY NEXT YEAR

Greenville hopes to connect downtown Main St. to museums and theater

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Visitors and locals will soon be able to walk from the Main Street of downtown Greenville to any of Heritage Green’s museums and entertainment spaces. “It really benefits both downtown in terms of connectivity, and then the museums and libraries on the other side, in the neighborhoods around it as well – which have felt disconnected from both,” said Beth Brotherton, City of Greenville, who added that the plans are still in the public consultation stage. The city has been planning to redo this intersection since 2012. The proposed plan removes one lane of traffic and parking from College Street, adding more lighting, lots of trees, and multi-use paths for pedestrians and cyclists, and the street Academy could become a downtown bypass. “We serve a lot of families with kids under 12, so there are often strollers, toddlers, lots of little ones going through some pretty busy streets here in downtown Greenville, so making sure that ‘they can do it in the safest way possible is definitely the top priority,’ said Lauren Lunekas, executive director of the Children’s Museum of the Upstate. ‘make it a really nice ride.” “You can go downtown, have a meal, come see one of our shows, and safely ride back and forth,” said Max Quinlan, artistic director of the Greenville Theater.” That’s what I think is the most important and valuable part of this project.” The city hopes to start parts of the project later this year and continue construction early next year.

Visitors and locals will soon be able to walk from the Main Street of downtown Greenville to any of Heritage Green’s museums and entertainment spaces.

“It really benefits both downtown in terms of connectivity, and then the museums and libraries on the other side, in the neighborhoods around it as well – which have felt disconnected from both,” said Beth Brotherton, town of Greenville, who added that the plans are still at the stage of public contribution.

The city has been planning to redo this intersection since 2012.

The proposed plan removes one lane and one parking lot from College Street,
by adding more lighting, lots of trees, and multi-use pathways for pedestrians and cyclists, and Academy Street could become a downtown bypass.

“We serve a lot of families with kids under 12 so there are often strollers, toddlers, lots of little ones going through some pretty busy streets here in downtown Greenville so making sure that ‘they can do it in the safest way possible is definitely the top priority,’ said Lauren Lunekas, executive director of the Children’s Museum of the Upstate. “We also think there are a lot of opportunities to make it a really nice crossing.”

Tuesday night’s virtual meeting outlined how the city hopes to work with SCDOT and developers to make this intersection look and act more like a downtown main street.

“You can go downtown, have a meal, come see one of our shows, and safely drive back and forth,” said Max Quinlan, artistic director of the Greenville Theatre. “That’s what I think is the most important and valuable part of this project.”

The city hopes to start parts of the project later this year and continue construction early next year.

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