January 15, 2018 – Streetscape groundbreaking is all about CenterG!
It's all about CenterG.
That’s the name of the $10.8 million streetscape project that will take place in the City of Greer’s central business district for the next 18 months.
City officials joined construction partners from Greer CPW, CoTransCo (representing the Greenville Legislative Delegation Transportation Committee), and Sossamon Construction at a downtown groundbreaking ceremony this morning.
“It’s a landmark day for the City of Greer,” city administrator Ed Driggers said. “We know this project will be ongoing for the next 18 months but, for many of us, this has been nearly five years in the making. This groundbreaking makes it very real and exciting.”
Driggers pointed to the many groups that made the project possible: residents who participated in charrettes leading up to the creation of the Greer Community Master Plan; Kimley-Horn, the design and planning firm in Charlotte, N.C., that facilitated the master planning process and designed the new look for downtown; the GLDTC and CoTransCo for funding assistance and bid/construction planning, respectively; and general contractor Sossamon Construction.
“There has been tremendous synergy as we moved toward this day, so it seemed natural as work begins in our city center to christen this project CenterG,” Driggers said.
Greer CPW launched the overall project in mid-2017, repairing and replacing the downtown’s aging infrastructure. As the utility company prepares to complete its water line work on Trade St. over the next six to eight weeks, work will begin above ground this week to transform Trade St. into a special destination.
The CenterG Project will transform Trade St. through a shared street design. Shared streets allow for easy movement of both vehicles and pedestrians by removing curbs and replacing them with multi-colored pavers and other methods to direct traffic. The removal of curbs also creates an open space, allowing the street to be transformed into a pedestrian plaza for special events.
Sossamon Construction’s bid of $10.8 million won the project during a second round of bidding in December. The general contractor, founded in 1946 in Gaffney, has recently completed streetscape projects in Spartanburg, Greenwood, Fountain Inn and Abbeville.
“For the last 15-plus years, we’ve been pretty busy with streetscape work,” Matt Sossamon said. “When (CenterG) came along, it fit our personnel, it fit the timing of a project where we were completing some of our previous streetscape work, and we certainly look forward to building new relationships with new municipalities. So this is a good opportunity. It’s awesome to be a part of such a big project. A lot of focus is going into it.”
Sossamon Construction begins its CenterG work this week and expects to complete the project by June 30, 2020.
The City of Greer has set provisions in place to help downtown businesses continue to thrive during the CenterG Project. The city budgeted $150,000 in incentives for downtown merchants to apply for Greenville County Redevelopment Authority façade grants.
Eligible merchants could apply for a $10,000 grant – $5,000 from the City of Greer and $5,000 from GCRA – to improve their front or rear façade with no individual financial investment. If a merchant invested $5,000, the city also matched those funds, resulting in a total $20,000 grant. Eleven businesses have been awarded grants or have pending grants to complete façade improvements and create a more inviting entrance for customers during construction.
The city improved and resurfaced three parking lots and alleys last summer to provide convenient access to rear entrances at Trade St. businesses.
The city also purchased three electric vehicles to shuttle customers throughout Greer Station free of charge during construction. The vehicles began service today.
December 14, 2018 – Low bid drops by nearly $1 million
Two general contractors submitted bids for the City of Greer Streetscape project on Friday and less than 1% separated the two bids. The low bid was submitted by Sossamon Construction Company of Gaffney at $10,868,886, while Dillard Excavating of Pelzer submitted a bid of $10,968,315.
"I don’t believe we’ve ever had a bid on a $10 million project that close,” CoTransCo partner Terry Bragg said.
Sossamon Construction submitted the lone bid of $11.75 million on Nov. 8. The Greenville Legislative Delegation Transportation Committee and the City of Greer decided to rebid the project.
There will be a 15-day protest period, after which Sossamon Construction may be officially awarded the contract.
"We expect to execute a contract prior to the end of the year with mobilization to begin the second or third week of January,” Greer City Administrator Ed Driggers said. "We will plan a ground breaking program to coincide with the mobilization."
Driggers added that the project remains on schedule for completion by June 30, 2020.
November 19, 2018 – Streetscape project to be rebid
The Greenville Legislative Delegation Transportation Committee and the City of Greer will rebid the Greer Station Streetscape project after receiving one submission at the bid opening on Nov. 8.
Greer City Administrator Ed Driggers said the $11,757,838 bid from Sossamon Construction exceeded pre-bid projections. City officials worked on value engineering options in an effort to reduce the anticipated cost of construction and the project was rebid today.
General contractors will have a 31-day window to submit bids.
“We have an obligation to our community to be conscious of the overall budget while delivering the quality promised in this project,” Driggers said. “Greer City Council mandated that this work would be done with no millage or business license increase and we will honor that commitment. The GLDTC, CoTransCo and the City are in agreement that rebidding the project is the appropriate thing to do.”
CoTransCo is working with the GLTDC, which has a participation agreement with the City of Greer. Company officials will facilitate a mandatory pre-bid meeting for contractors in December.
Driggers said the project remains on schedule for completion by June 30, 2020.
The streetscape project includes work on all roads in the central business district. The centerpiece is transforming Trade Street through a shared street design — milling it down to one inch below the curb line, installing pavers, repairing all broken curbing and gutters, ensuring ADA accessibility, and installing all new landscaping and lighting.
November 8, 2018 – One general contractor submits a bid for the project
Sossamon Construction Company of Gaffney submitted the lone bid Thursday for the Downtown Greer Streetscape Project.
The general contractor’s bid of $11,757,837.95 was opened and read by CoTransCo LLC Partner Terry Bragg. CoTransCo is working with the Greenville Legislative Delegation Transportation Committee on the project and will award the job on behalf of the City of Greer.
Given the strong economy and scope of the project, the single bid did not come as a surprise to CoTransCo President and CEO Jeff Hilderbran.
“With the economy going so well right now, there is a lot of work out there. And this is a really unique and expansive project that will require lots of moving parts,” Hilderbran said. “There may have been one bidder, but you probably will have six different contractors involved in it. There are not a lot of firms that can take on a project of this magnitude.
“Sossamon is well qualified and they’ve got a great track record. They have a history of doing similar style projects.”
The streetscape project includes work on all six roads in the central business district. The centerpiece is transforming Trade Street through a shared street design — milling it down to one inch below the curb line, installing pavers, repairing all broken curbing and gutters, ensuring ADA accessibility, and installing all new landscaping.
The work is expected to begin in January and be substantially completed by June 30, 2020. The public may follow the project online at www.futuregreer.com.
With the bid process completed, CoTransCo and the City of Greer will now digest the financial numbers as they consider the bid.
“We’ll run the numbers and make sure that everything adds up. The next step is a 14-day protest period. Once that’s over, the project can be awarded,” Hilderbran said. “If there are value engineering issues that the City wants to work with, then they can do that.”
October 2, 2018 – Take a look at streetscape renderings
With the Greer Station Streetscape Project now advertised for bid, Kimley-Horn & Associates has completed renderings of the planned improvements to Trade Street. The two renderings provide a look at the shared street concept planned for the central business district's primary street. Check them out at the link below.
The project was advertised to contractors on September 26 and a mandatory pre-construction meeting is planned for October 15. The bid deadline is November 8.
August 30, 2018 – WORD-FM Cover Story: Greer Station Streetscape Project
WORD-FM reporter Seth Stokes spent two weeks interviewing Greer officials and merchants about the Greer Station infrastructure and streetscape project. Those interviews now comprise the radio station's new cover story. Check it out at the link below.
August 16, 2018 – Council approves purchase of vehicles to shuttle customers
Greer City Council on Tuesday approved the purchase of three street-legal electric vehicles that will be used to offer free rides from remote parking lots to Greer Station businesses during the streetscape project.
City Administrator Ed Driggers shared an overview of the proposed shuttle program that will pick up and deliver riders to Greer Station in less than 10 minutes.
"I hope this proves to be so popular that we have to come back and ask for more," he said, adding that it is a commitment to downtown businesses to support them during the upcoming streetscape.
Council approved $57,403 for the purchase of the three vehicles from Star EV / Rogers EV of Simpsonville. Each will be branded for the City and will seat eight passengers plus a driver.
July 12, 2018 – Driggers: Streetscape timeline becoming clearer
Businesses and visitors to the City of Greer’s central business district can expect to notice the first phase of the streetscape project this fall, City Administrator Ed Driggers informed Greer City Council on Tuesday.
“We are finalizing the review of the construction documents on the streetscape project. As we complete that, we will marry those documents along with our civil engineering documents and that will enable us to prepare our bid documents,” Driggers said. “Once we have completed the bid process and have received those, we will be bringing the results back to Council looking for direction on how to proceed in awarding the bid.”
Once the bid has been awarded, the successful contractor will determine a mobilization schedule.
“We will first work on the lower end of Trade Street – with demolition and installation from the railroad tracks to Randall Street,” Driggers said. “We will then work on the area between Randall Street and Victoria Street. And then we’ll move from Victoria Street to Poinsett. So we’ll do Trade Street in three sections in that project.”
The announcement comes as Earth Materials Grading has largely completed paving and resurfacing three parking lots and three alleys in Greer Station. Those crews will return next week to resume work – largely the installation of lighting and landscaping.
“Our intent was to improve that area so, as we move toward construction of our major streetscape project, that parking is available,” he said. “It also encourages our businesses on Trade Street to begin using the rear entrances of those buildings.”
The City’s financial contributions to façade improvements in Greer Station is another incentive to use rear entrances. Two façade grants have been awarded and eight more are under consideration, Driggers said.
June 26, 2018 – Partial closure planned Thursday at School Street lot
Paving is largely completed at the Greer Station parking lots and alleys, but crews still have concrete work to complete. That work will close the south half (shaded in red above) of the School Street parking lot on Thursday. Parking spaces on the north side of the lot will remain open. Thank you for your assistance in keeping this area accessible to workers.
Also, please note that workers will be off the week of July 2-6 and all parking lots will be accessible to businesses and customers
June 19, 2018 – South Depot lot to open June 20 as two other lots close for work
While a binder coat of asphalt was being put on the parking lot south of the Depot this morning, crews began breaking curbing and milling alleys between School and Trade streets. The lot south of the Depot will be open for parking beginning Wednesday morning, when the School Street parking lot (behind Kirk Hall) and the lot in front of the Depot close for work.
June 14, 2018 – Proof roll tests compaction at parking lot south of the Depot
The Earth Materials Grading crew performed a proof roll Thursday morning on the future parking lot south of the Depot to check for any unstable spots in the graded lot. A curbing crew is expected to begin work on Monday. The crew plans to complete work on the current lot before it begins work on another site in Greer Station.
June 4, 2018 – Parking Lot excavation underway in Greer Station
A rare cloudless day in Greer allowed a crew from Earth Materials Grading to begin excavating the parking lot behind the Depot in Greer Station. The lot will be completely paved and striped to add convenient parking when the downtown streetscape project begins.
May 21, 2018 – Alley and Parking work to begin after Memorial Day
The start of the Greer Station alley and parking lot renovation project has now been postponed until after Memorial Day. Work to upgrade parking and alleys to improve access for customers throughout Greer Station is expected to begin on May 29.
Construction crews from Earth Materials Grading of Anderson will maintain their scheduled five-week scope of work, weather permitting. The alley and parking lot work is being done in advance of the streetscape project scheduled to begin in late summer.
The downtown project began last May when Greer CPW began replacing aging utility lines.
May 2, 2018 – Alley and Parking work delayed
The Greer Station alley and parking lot renovation project scheduled to begin on May 7 has been postponed for two weeks due to wet weather and contractor commitments.
Crews from Earth Materials Grading of Anderson will now mobilize on May 21. The project is still expected to be completed in five weeks, weather permitting.
"There is no change to the project aside from the start date," Project Manager Phil Rhoads said. "We've had so much rain the last few weeks that the contractor has been unable to keep pace with its projects. Anyone who has worked around construction projects knows that the only certain thing is uncertainty. Delays are often inevitable, especially when it comes to bad weather."
April 24, 2018 – Alley and Parking work announced
The next step in a major renovation to the City of Greer’s central business district will commence following the Greer Family Fest in early May.
To prepare for the Greer Station Streetscape Project that will begin in late summer, the City of Greer will be upgrading parking and alleys to improve access for customers throughout Greer Station.
On May 7, construction crews from Earth Materials Grading of Anderson will mobilize and begin a scheduled five-week blitz, weather permitting, to complete the work that will include:
Paving and improving access to alleyways behind Trade Street businesses, and between Dance Visions and First Presbyterian Church’s Kirk Hall.
Repaving, striping and lighting the parking lot behind Kirk Hall.
Repaving, striping and lighting the Depot Parking Lot.
Creating a new paved parking lot with striping and lighting behind the Depot.
“These areas will be closed to traffic during construction. Asphalt and curb will be removed, the sites excavated, curb, gutters, sidewalks, pedestrian ramps and storm drains installed prior to asphalt milling and surfacing. Striping and installing lights will be the final step,” project manager Phil Rhoads said. “It’s an ambitious construction schedule that adheres to the City of Greer’s commitment to minimize impact to downtown businesses in every way possible.”
To help spread the word that Greer Station will remain open for business throughout the paving and streetscape projects, the City has launched a website, www.futuregreer.com, with news, maps, construction updates and images to make navigating Greer Station easier.
The downtown work began last May when Greer CPW began replacing aging utility lines, some of which were more than 80 years old.
September 29, 2017
As part of the ongoing downtown infrastructure rehabilitation, Greer CPW will be turning the water off temporarily to make repairs on Randall Street early Sunday morning. Because of this, some customers and businesses will be under a boil water advisory Sunday into Monday.
Here is the tentative schedule:
Water off 7 a.m. Sunday morning October 1.
Randall Street towards Poinsett Street (water back on by 10 a.m. but under a boil water advisory).
Randall Street towards Pelham Street (water back on by 1 p.m. but under a boil water advisory).
Once the water has been turned back on there will be a boil water advisory for 24 hours. Customers will need to let their water come to a vigorous boil for one minute before drinking or cooking. CPW will place calls notifying affected customers of the boil water advisory and when it is lifted.
September 6, 2017
As part of the ongoing infrastructure rehabilitation in downtown Greer, beginning Sept. 5 Greer CPW and its contractor, Howard Construction, will be starting on waterline replacement along Victoria Street between School Street and E. Poinsett Street.
The plan is to complete the water line replacement starting at the intersection of School/Victoria and working east toward E. Poinsett St. As the work progresses, a portion of the east bound lane along Victoria St will be blocked. As the work enters the stretch of Victoria Street between Trade Street and E. Poinsett Street, the road will be closed during work hours (8 a.m. until 5 p.m.). The trenched areas worked for any given day will be backfilled/compacted with crusher run gravel and/or covered by steel plate so that vehicles may freely use the road during non-construction hours.
Once the water line is replaced and operable, a section of the existing gravity sewer line starting 85 ft. east of School St and extending east approximately 220 ft toward Trade St will be replaced with new 8” PVC pipe. During the sewer line replacement, the section of Victoria St described above will be closed from 8 a.m. until 5 p.m. The trenched areas worked for any given day will be backfilled/compacted with crusher run gravel and/or covered by steel plate so that vehicles may freely use the road during non-construction hours.
The work is expected to take 45 days and to be completed on or before Nov. 2.
May 25, 2017
Greer CPW and the City of Greer are working to revamp downtown Greer starting with the underground infrastructure.
Greer CPW and its contractor, Dillard Excavating, will be starting on the sewer and waterline replacement along Randall Street beginning Monday June 12. The work will be limited to the stretch of Randall Street between Depot and School streets. The plan is to first complete the sewer line replacement starting at the intersection of Depot/Randall and working toward the intersection of School/Randall. Crews will then follow up with the installation of a new 8” waterline working in the same direction from Depot St. to School St.
During the sewer line replacement, an estimated 150-200 feet per day of Randall St (including intersections as they are encountered) will be closed from 8 a.m. until 5 p.m. The trenched areas worked for any given day will be backfilled/compacted with crusher run gravel and/or covered by steel plate so that vehicles may freely use the road during non-construction hours.
For the water line replacement, a similar length of Randall Street will be closed on a daily basis, but only in the east bound lane where the new line will be installed. The west bound lane will be open for traffic with flagmen for traffic control at each end of the active construction area.
The work is expected to take 90 days and to be completed on or before Sept 9.