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Old 02-26-2015, 06:04 PM
 
Location: South Carolina
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The former Berea School site, located at 104 Farrs Bridge Road, Greenville, South Carolina 29617-1904, is up for rezoning to commercial usage. (Docket Number: CZ-2015-21.) It was previously used for Berea High School, Berea High School and Greenville Technical College's Northwest Campus. The site, 3.96 acres, is presently owned by Greenville County Schools doing buinsess as Berea School. (Greenville County, South Carolina - Property Report: PIN/Tax Map #B007000100100.)

Adjacent parcels:
Two parcels northwest of the Berea School site are owned by Berea First Baptist Church. (PIN B00700101700, PIN B007000101800.)

Two parcels north along Hunt's Bridge Road are residential. First, PIN B007000101900, a site of 1.7 acres, is up for rezoning from 0-D to C-3. (Docket Number: CZ-2015-17) Second, PIN B007000102000, 113 Hunts Bridge Road, Greenville, South Carolina 29617-1623, is residential and is not up for rezoning.

Commercial redevelopment:
Representing Greenville County Schools is The Sembler Company, a developer that has developed spaces for CVS, Publix, Walgreen's and Walmart.

Having 5.66 acres to work with could be enough for a freestanding drugstore and additional tenants or a supermarket.

Further reading:
County of Greenville, South Carolina: Zoning and Planning Public Hearing - March 2015
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Old 03-22-2015, 08:35 PM
 
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An auto retail store, another retail store and a restaurant are part of the retail development plan on the site of the former Berea High and Elementary school site.

Further reading:
Morris, April A. "Developers seek old Berea school site rezoning for retail." Upstate Business Journal. 2015-03-20.
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Old 03-25-2015, 11:20 PM
 
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The proposed site plan for the redeveloped Berea school site specified the auto retail store at 6,912 square feet, a quick service restaurant at 3,900 square feet, and additional retail at 10,000 square feet.

Some opposition against the redevelopment exists because the school, built in 1938 under the Works Progress Administration, may be of historic value.

The buildings would be worth saving if they were kept up. They would need to undergo significant restoration and renovations to be brought up to code if they are to be kept and reused.

Further reading:
Davis, Angelia. "Berea residents fight demolition of historically significant school." The Greenville News. 2015-03-25.
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Old 04-06-2015, 10:04 PM
 
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Greenville County Council's planning and rezoning committee voted against rezoning the former Berea school site for commercial uses.

Further reading:
Davis, Angelia. "Council committee votes against rezoning old Berea school." The Greenville News. 2015-04-06.
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Old 04-07-2015, 09:24 AM
 
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Nice for them but where is the money and the plan to restore this building and for what use? Just what Berea needs another rotting building and they certainly could use the jobs and spark from new development because other business take note when new retailers appear.
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Old 04-07-2015, 10:03 AM
 
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With commercial redevelopment rejected, the Berea community, if it is serious about keeping the former Berea school, needs to come together with some sound ideas and funding to renovate and reuse the site for other uses. Doing nothing is neither a use nor an option.

I doubt the Berea community has a community center. This is one use that could be considered.
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Old 10-28-2015, 11:07 PM
 
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The old Berea Elementary School is going back on the market.

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Davis, Angelia. "Berea school to go back on the market." The Greenville News. 2015-10-28.
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Old 10-29-2015, 05:12 PM
 
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So now it's back to square one after County Council wouldn't rezone the property based on emotion from some residents who wanted to save the building but haven't come up with a plan or money to save it. Even if it became a community center I doubt the residents want or afford to pay for the renovation, upkeep and management of the facility. They had a buyer and plan which would have brought much needed jobs to the community and possibly sparked more development. That area needs all the spark it can get as businesses have continued to leave. No sense in that as new houses continue to spring up to the north and west of the area near Furman and near the trail.
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Old 04-15-2017, 02:15 PM
 
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Wonder if there have been any updates on this? Passed by their the other day and building looks like its still rotting away going on two years later.
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Old 04-15-2017, 03:36 PM
 
Location: Gray Court, SC
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Wonder if there have been any updates on this? Passed by their the other day and building looks like its still rotting away going on two years later.
That's probably the plan, let it rot away until those who wanted saved consider it an eyesore, and want it removed.
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