Visionary Max Heller Passes

Greenville

A few weeks ago, Greenville lost Max Heller, a man of vision who was instrumental in taking a dying urban landscape to what it is today. Max fled Nazi Germany as a teenager, established a textile company in Greenville, and when downtown retailers were fleeing for suburban malls in the 70s, brought in a vision of landscaped city core reminiscent of his European youth. The charismatic mayor had a keen ability to bring people together for a unified cause. It all started when he convinced Hyatt Regency to put in a hotel on Main Street that created a full service hotel, convention space, and parking in the core of the city. The deal was an unusual private-public venture- the city owned most of the ground floor and was considered a city park. That type of arrangement became the basis for other crucial developments in the city, and is evident today at Riverplace, Fluor Field, the West End, and the Peace Center for the Performing Arts. Today we have a much different and vibrant Greenville. Thank you Max.

Washington Street CorridorDowntown Greenville

Development downtown is spreading from the traditional spine of Main Street along other major streets. The latest is Washington Street, where a seven-story apartment and retail structure could rise at the corner of E. Washington and Spring Street. That’s next to the city parking garage and only two short blocks from Main Street where the twin tower Project One was recently announced. Davis Property Group, LLC, who developed the nearby McBee Station, plans to put in 6,000 square feet of retail space, 48 apartments, and a rooftop pool with common area to meet the excess demand for downtown rentals. West Washington is also seeing progress--cell phone retailer Clear Talk is opening a center at Hudson Rd near the post office, bike lanes are in place, and the City has hopes to run a rapid bus line from the West side all the way to the Clemson University International Center for Automotive Research at I-85. For more Downtown Greenville SC real estate information, click here!

Water EnvySaluda River

It’s appears that the quality of our water here in Greenville County has passed muster. According to several esteemed judges in the American Water Works Association’s national “Best of the Best” Water Taste Test, Greenville is number one! The Greenville Water System receives most of its water from two large reservoirs collecting spring fed water from the Blue Ridge Mountains. The waters from the Saluda reservoirs serve 450,000 South Carolinians, and historically, supplied cool crisp water to a few moonshiners as well. Second place finishers in the competition were Denver, CO and the Village of Glencoe, IL.

New Fountain Inn High School Fountain Inn Civic Center

A new high school in Fountain Inn will be the first to be built since Riverside High came along in 1973. The growing population of southern Greenville County has created a crowded environment for both Hillcrest and Woodmont schools, leading the School Board to vote on a new high school to be completed in 2017. The old high school, which has not functioned since the late 1950s, is now the Fountain Inn Civic Center for the Performing Arts. The new facility will be on Quillen Rd only a few blocks off Main Street. Check out more information on Fountain Inn!

In other long range school news, the old J.L. Mann High School will be demolished for a new middle school at the same site, due 2014.  Woodmont High will receive an addition to serve 400 students.  Rudolph Gordon Elementary plans show a 250-seat addition and conversion to a K-8 program by 2018. 

Current Weather

Greenville SC WeatherWhew! Hot early this week with highs in the upper 90s, but cooling later in the week with highs in the mid-80s.  Looks for a good chance of thunderstorms throughout the week.