40-acre Travelers Rest development gets initial OK

TRAVELERS REST, S.C. — A proposal to develop a combined 40-acre parcel between Main Street and Highway 25 in downtown Travelers Rest received an initial OK to proceed following Tuesday night's planning commission meeting.

Owners are seeking to rezone the property — which includes the former Emb-Tex manufacturing plant — to "Planned Development - R," a designation that would allow the mixed use of single and multifamily residential as well as a lesser amount of commercial space.

The planning commission recommended that Travelers Rest City Council approve the rezoning request, provided that the developer complies with a list of recommendations.

Commission recommendations include limiting 3rd floor office/commercial space, not allowing a drive-through type restaurant, providing a direct entrance to State Park Road, and completing a realignment at the Roe Road intersection, among other things. (To view the commission report, including the complete list of recommendations, click here.)

We will announce when officials release the rezoning ordinance reading/vote dates.

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Earlier this month, the development team presented an overview of the mixed use project, Pinestone, to area residents and business owners.

In total, the development is proposed to include 100 single-family lots, 250 rental apartment units, and 77,000 square feet of office/retail space. There is no vehicular connectivity to Main Street. Rather, a walking/biking greenway connects near the crosswalk at the gazebo.

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Vehicle access is limited to two entries on Roe Road and one entry via South End Circle (from State Park Road), developers said. There is no vehicular access to Hwy. 25.

Twenty-six percent of the site it proposed to be open space, including a central park, an event lawn, a dog park, and a linear park. As proposed, there will be shared parking between the commercial/multifamily areas, at a rate of 1.5 spaces per unit.

Of note, a traffic study is currently underway to determine if South End Circle needs to be altered so as to improve the intersection at Roe Road.

To download a .pdf version of a high-res site plan and the presentation boards, click here. To download a copy of the development parameters as proposed, click here.

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