Frequently Asked Questions
What is CenterG?
CenterG is the name of the $10.8 million streetscape project that is taking place in the City of Greer’s central business district (Greer Station). The project grew from the Greer Community Master Plan released in 2014 and has relied heavily on public input to shape the look and feel of the streetscape.
What is the purpose of the CenterG project?
The purpose of project is two-fold: it is replacing and improving downtown utilities, some of which were installed in 1914; it also is creating a streetscape that encourages walking, is inviting to pedestrians and cyclists, and provides a plaza for festivals and civic events.
Where is the project located?
The roadway and infrastructure improvements will be done throughout Downtown Greer. After the initial construction phase transforms Trade St., Greer Station’s main commercial corridor, work will continue on Main St. E. Poinsett St., Victoria St. School St. Randall St. and Depot St.
Are public parking lots open?
Public parking lots will remain open for the duration of the project to provide easy access to all businesses in Greer Station. Those lots offer more than 300 spaces to Greer Station customers. View a map of public parking lots. Because many area businesses make their parking lots available during the evening hours, available spaces grow to approximately 450 spaces. Street parking spaces cannot be guaranteed in Greer Station during the project.
How long will the roadway and infrastructure improvements take to complete?
The roadway and infrastructure improvements began in January of 2019, with completion expected by June 30, 2020.
What hours of the day will construction be done?
Work will typically take place between 8 a.m. – 5 p.m. on weekdays. Some work may be done on Saturdays. Sossamon Construction is leasing an office in the Depot to maintain a close presence to the project and to eliminate the need for a construction trailer on site.
Where is the funding for the project coming from?
Greer CPW and the City of Greer have been anticipating this project for several years and budgeted accordingly to build funds. The Greenville County Legislative Delegation Committee has committed $775,000 to the project as a 75%-25% match with the City of Greer. No millage increase or business license increase will be implemented to help pay for the CenterG Project.
Who do I contact about any issues, questions or concerns?
We encourage you to subscribe to receive email updates through this website to be informed of the latest news. We realize that questions or concerns may arise during the project. In that event, please contact the CenterG Team at firstname.lastname@example.org for a prompt response.
Will the construction for roadway and infrastructure improvements interfere with accessing the businesses within the area?
The City of Greer prepared for this project by repaving three parking lots and alleys in Greer Station. It also made available funds for downtown businesses to improve their rear entrances, where available, for public access during construction. Access to sidewalks will be made available when possible and will be clearly marked for visitors to Greer Station. Visitors are also encouraged to consider riding on the free Greer Station Shuttles to reach their destination.
How can I learn more about the CenterG project?
Visit this website for the latest news about the project. You may also sign up to have email updates delivered directly to your inbox.
What sidewalk furnishings are included in the plan?
Street trees are included in the plan along the length of Trade Street. New benches for sitting will be part of the amenities, along with string lighting and bicycle racks.
How much will the project cost City of Greer residents?
No millage increase or business license increase will be implemented to help pay for the CenterG Project. The City of Greer has been planning for this project for several years and has budgeted accordingly.
Are improvements to side streets in the downtown area being proposed?
Yes, infrastructure improvements on side streets are included in the project and will follow completion of the Trade Street improvements. The goal is to reduce the impact to traffic and visitors by limiting construction to one block or street at a time.
Why is the City of Greer only improving the downtown area when other commercial areas could use improvements, as well?
The downtown project is just one of several corridor improvement projects identified in the Greer Community Master Plan. The CenterG project includes the most intensive reconstruction and improvements. Other corridor improvements will be phased over several years.
Why do I keep seeing golf carts downtown?
Those are the new Greer Station Shuttles. These electric vehicle accommodate as many as eight passengers and are designed to serve as free transportation around downtown during the project during peak hours. A route map with schedules is available on this website.
If there’s a hotel going in downtown, how will that affect parking?
A municipal parking garage will be built adjacent to the new hotel to accommodate the influx of visitors and to assist with additional parking offerings during festivals and events.
Will this project take away from Greer Station’s historic appeal?
Absolutely not. In fact, CenterG is designed to enhance the historic appeal of the central business district’s foundation and buildings will remain untouched. Trade Street will be transformed from traditional asphalt and sidewalks to a European-style shared street design with brick pavers and furnishings with antique finishes to enhance Greer Station’s historic charm.
How will the curbless street work with traffic?
The shared street design uses colors, textures and elements such as trees and benches to clearly delineate traffic zones, street parking, and pedestrian access. A highlight of the design is the ability to block the street to vehicle traffic to create a pedestrian plaza for festivals and other special events.
Will Trade Street remain two-way after the renovation?
Yes. Trade Street will maintain its traffic pattern.
Will there be street parking after the renovation?
Yes. Trade Street will keep its street parking options. Parking spots will be designated with different color brick pavers.