Mauldin stops construction in proposed downtown zone

Mauldin has stopped all construction for 120 days in a 24-acre area near City Hall as planners sort out how to transform the area into Greenville County's newest walkable downtown.

Mauldin City Council members voted on the measure — which places a moratorium on all building permits in the zone — Monday night at a meeting attended by several of the dozen or so men and women who own property there.

The city's goal, dating back more than a decade, is to take an area dominated by City Hall, small businesses fronting Main Street and a 3.5-acre storage unit facility and turn it into a mixed-use village, complete with a village green. 

Mauldin has no traditional downtown like Greenville, Greer or Fountain Inn, so most of the structures for the village concept, as shown in city renderings, would be new. The concept is generally popular among business owners and residents who have attended recent council meetings.

The city has not announced who the developer or developers are for the downtown project or how they might be chosen in the future. For whoever the developer ends up being, Mauldin leaders point at several attractions to private investment: the acreage's location at one of the busiest intersections in the Upstate, planned zoning controls that would encourage high-end development, and Mauldin as a public partner with funds dedicated to infrastructure. 

Broad said the mood was positive Monday as the moratorium passed.

"There was some preliminary discussion about whether it should be 120 days," Broad said, "but it passed as is."

The city's next step, Broad said, will be to draft and vote on a new mixed-use zoning classification for the area. County records show that the city of Mauldin owns about 40 percent of the roughly 24-acre area in the proposed redevelopment district. A collection of 13 property owners hold the remaining 15 parcels.

Broad said the city's plans for the area keep him excited.

"Downtown Mauldin — that's where my heart is at," Broad said. "My heart and passion is that."

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