TRAVELERS REST, S.C. — The expected final vote on a proposal to rezone and develop a combined 40-acre parcel between Main Street and Highway 25 in downtown Travelers Rest was postponed at Thursday night's council meeting.
The vote was removed from the March agenda at the request of the developer, according to Travelers Rest Mayor Brandy Amidon, who added that the final vote should take place at the next city council 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.
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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. There is also no connectivity to Highway 25.
In January, the Travelers Rest Planning Commission recommended that Travelers Rest City Council approve the rezoning request, provided that the developer complies with a list of recommendations, including 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.)
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