TRAVELERS REST, S.C. — A request to rezone and develop a combined 40-acre parcel between Main Street and Highway 25 in downtown Travelers Rest received final approval from council members on Thursday night.
With an 8-1 vote, the Pinestone development — which includes the former Emb-Tex manufacturing plant — has been rezoned to "Planned Development - R," a designation that allows the mixed use of single and multifamily residential as well as a lesser amount of commercial space. Councilman Brantly Vest was the lone dissenting vote.
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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.)
After the developer placed the project on hold to evaluate the list of recommendations, they have now agreed to the list's completion, city officials told the Travelers Rest Tribune.
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