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City looks to develop plan for Carolina Ave.
Carolina Avenue. (photo courtesy of the City of Greenwood)
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Carolina Avenue. (photo courtesy of the City of Greenwood)

Brian King
Staff Writer

The City of Greenwood is looking to develop a master plan for Carolina Avenue which city leaders say will connect Main Street with the Greenwood Genetic Center.

Council discussed the development of a master plan during their work session Monday.  City manager Charlie Barrineau told council the road would be two-lane road based on a design speed of 30 mph. City leaders are hoping to receive support from the state to construct the corridor.

“This project would be great for the City of Greenwood,” said Mayor Welborn Adams. “We have to have a plan to sit down and talk to the senators with if we are going to seek state support. I think this would be very helpful in seeking support.”

Barrineau said local engineering firm Elliot Davis would provide three conceptual renderings for the corridor. The total cost for the preliminary design work would be $43,475. The Foundation for Greater Greenwood County, which is the nonprofit arm of the Greenwood Partnership Alliance, agreed to contribute half the cost of developing the conceptual renderings. The other half would be paid for out of hospitality tax funds which are already budgeted for professional services in the current budget. The Foundation for Greater Greenwood County also funded the city center master plan and the Edgefield corridor master plan.

“(The conceptual renderings) would bring (the project) to reality,” Barrineau said. “Right now we have a line saying we want to connect this to this, but we don’t know, honestly, if it’s realistic.”

Barrineau told council he expected the preliminary designs to be completed in the next three to four months.

Reader Comments

Posted: Saturday, May 10, 2014
Article comment by: Lololi Frederick

What about the people who live on this street? I know one home has been inhabited by the same woman for over 50 years. The area may need to be "cleaned up" help the neighborhood not just construct a 2 line road through it. What are we saying to the people of that community? There are many sections of Greenwood that need "cleaning up", I can name a few trailer parks, but we do not just build a road road through them. Build a park there is plenty of room or build a community center. Since the YMCA moved to the other side of town and the Rec closed the youth in the community have no type of productive activities or services directly available to them. We take activity centers away from the children and youth in these areas and expect nothing to change in what the youth become involved in!? We criminalize to area or the people but we do not look at the reasons behind the situation. We expect things to change for the better without providing the needed resources for that to be done.
DO SOMETHING FOR THE CHILDREN, not the genetic center. The Genetic Center has plenty of money whereas the children in this community do not. The Genetic Center is already accessible by using Epting Ave.

Instead of spending money on a road use the money to benefit the community and the forgotten youth. Please, do not tell me that this road will benefit the community because it will not. It may benefit the county but that will not overflow into the area of Carolina, Mineral, Marion, Lindsey, etc...

To simply say "that area needs to be cleaned up" is very closed minded and the exact attitude the City of Greenwood is looking for. What exactly is going to be "cleaned up"? A big road replacing a trail that many citizens use daily or dislocate individuals for their homes? To clean up an area that a lot more than building a road through it to help a financially stable organization. How about lets help the youth in our city instead of belittling them and their homes.

Posted: Thursday, May 8, 2014
Article comment by: Rollie Wilson

Great idea. That area needs to be cleaned up.

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