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Old 06-25-2012, 08:46 AM
 
Location: Greenville, SC
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I couldn't find any recent thread discussing the latest Master Plan for the renovation of Laurens Rd/276 through Mauldin. The final input session is this Thursday the 28th from 5:30 to 7:30 at City Hall.

The preliminary Master Plan can be viewed here:

http://www.cityofmauldin.org/client_...esentation.pdf

I was happy to see that a few of my suggestions on the input side (changes and wants etc.) actually made it word for word in there haha. It was all pretty obvious stuff...but it is at least nice to know that they actually read that stuff and took it into consideration.

Anyone else's thoughts? What they have shown looks fantastic - better than I could have hoped for. What they actually do and the time-frame though may be another thing.
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Old 06-25-2012, 10:28 AM
 
Location: Dallas, TX
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What's with the half-***** streetscaping they attempted along N Main St?? Is it some sort of test section or something?

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Old 06-25-2012, 10:39 AM
 
Location: Piedmont, SC
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I love what is shown. I agree with all of the points made; Mauldin has no identity and it could be a great place to go, even though we drive through it all the time. (Simpsonville STILL doesn't have much going on downtown).
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Old 06-25-2012, 10:49 AM
 
Location: Greenville, SC
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What's with the half-*ssed streetscaping they attempted along N Main St?? Is it some sort of test section or something?
eh. It's all young trees and shrubs right now. I'm sure their plan is for those to mature.

I don't think they will be doing much more streetscaping until this whole Master Plan is approved due to the fact that the overall streetscaping would need to be tied into the new layout. The proposed MP includes planted medians, bike lanes, more sidewalks, crosswalks, burying some utilities etc.

I'm sure this initial amount was just to do SOMETHING, but the rest will have to wait as it should be coordinated with the final overall plan as approved for construction.

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I love what is shown. I agree with all of the points made; Mauldin has no identity and it could be a great place to go, even though we drive through it all the time. (Simpsonville STILL doesn't have much going on downtown).
Yeah when my wife and I (27 and 25 respectively just FYI) were picking where we wanted to buy a house, we really wanted something in downtown Greenville, but had a hard time finding something that checked all the boxes and still was in our price or a decent size. We ended up kind of reversing course and getting a house in Mauldin. It's bigger than what we need but was much cheaper and the idea is that we are still close to work (8 miles) and close to downtown (about 11 miles) without ever using the highway. We didn't pick Mauldin because we liked Mauldin, we picked Mauldin because we like Greenville and Simpsonville was farther out than we wanted to be.

If they could go forward with this proposed design and just attract even a handful of restaurants, coffee shops, and other local stores and services to go along with an improved aesthetic it would really be a great place to live. As much as we love downtown and go frequently, there are plenty of times that we just stay home instead of driving, even though it is only 11 miles. A "downtown" part of Mauldin would certainly fill the gap on those days.
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Old 06-25-2012, 11:41 AM
 
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I think the plan is heading in the right direction. Having a local leisure/restaurant/entertainment destination would certainly be welcome for those living in the area.
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Old 06-25-2012, 12:00 PM
 
Location: Greenville, SC
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I'll add that a lot of times I feel like cities force things because they want to become the next "it" place and they end up trying to attract businesses when there wasn't much of a demand to begin with.

However in this case, I really think that there is a desire for this kind of improvement in Mauldin. I honestly think that a center like this could thrive there if they get the right kind of tenants. There are a lot of nice neighborhoods in the Mauldin area and almost everyone I know leaves Mauldin (for Greenville or Simpsonville) to do anything other than grocery shop. It's not because they don't like Mauldin, but there just aren't any options!

Plus, this kind of area could obviously provide more opportunities for employment in the area as well.

Glad to see some responses though. I know that being a young married couple with no kids yet might provide me with a completely different set of interests than other people who live in the area so I was interested to see what people thought. I do plan to go to the input/info session.
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Old 06-25-2012, 12:43 PM
 
Location: Greenville, SC
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What's with the half-*ssed streetscaping they attempted along N Main St?? Is it some sort of test section or something?
Nope. They only had a certain amount of money to spend on it and had to stay within that budget.
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Old 06-25-2012, 01:31 PM
 
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What's with the half-*ssed streetscaping they attempted along N Main St?? Is it some sort of test section or something?
I think that it's happening in stages (as budget permits). The master plan shows that eventually most of the median will be planted (to and past Butler), and many of the intersections will be improved.
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Old 06-25-2012, 01:41 PM
 
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Nope. They only had a certain amount of money to spend on it and had to stay within that budget.
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I think that it's happening in stages (as budget permits). The master plan shows that eventually most of the median will be planted (to and past Butler), and many of the intersections will be improved.
Well, that makes sense. But it wasn't presented that way when I saw it touted. We figured the streetscaping was a one-shot thing to get that stretch of road prepared for the city center-type development to come. I fear this whole thing won't be finished in our lifetimes! lol
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Old 06-25-2012, 02:20 PM
 
Location: Greenville, SC
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Well, that makes sense. But it wasn't presented that way when I saw it touted. We figured the streetscaping was a one-shot thing to get that stretch of road prepared for the city center-type development to come. I fear this whole thing won't be finished in our lifetimes! lol
Costs (construction bids) kept increasing for it so they had to cut back on a good bit of what was planned sadly.
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