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Former Post Office and City Hall awarded historic status

It’s been a New Deal-era post office, Greer City Hall, and now the Greer Heritage Museum. Thanks to Rose Marie Cooper Jordan, the building at 106 S. Main St. was added in February to the National Register of Historic Places.

Despite its three lives, the building owned by the City of Greer has remained largely unchanged since it opened in 1935. The three-year quest for a spot on the National Register of Historic Places included a full search of the building’s history, searching largely-forgotten documents, completing multiple forms, and repeated trips to Columbia. The National Park Service rewarded that effort in February and an official plaque from the S.C. Department of Archives and History was installed at the museum’s entrance in May.

“That is very significant as you come into the front door notifying that this a historic place,” planning and zoning coordinator Glenn Pace said.

The City of Greer attained Certified Local Government status during 2010, permitting it to compete for state and federal grants designed to restore and preserve historic buildings.

                                View Video of the Greer Heritage Museum



City’s reputation takes flight with magazine articles

magsThe City of Greer was flying high in May when Southwest Airlines’ Spirit in-flight magazine featured a 40-page spread on the Upstate. With 10 million passengers flying Southwest during any given month, the exposure to the city’s people, places, events, and businesses is expected to pay dividends for years.

The special section, “Meet the Upstate of South Carolina,” was filled with references to the city’s economic opportunities, downtown, restaurants, festivals, parks, infrastructure for growth, and quality of life.

Just five months later, the city stood alone in the spotlight in Sandlapper magazine. The autumn edition featured a five-page spread entitled “Greer Finds its Niche,” highlighting the city’s history, dining, and business.

“We can’t be anything but extremely pleased with the exposure,” said Reno Deaton, executive director of the Greer Development Corporation. “It’s the culmination of years and years of work to cultivate those assets that hopefully will translate into more economic opportunities for Greer.”

   Read the Magazine Articles



EPA and DHEC share results of Victor Mill soil tests

victormtgIt took more than four months of demolishing old buildings and a water tower and removing nearly 24,000 tons of soil and debris, but the 21-acre Victor Mill site in Spartanburg County was transformed from an apparent war zone to an open grassy field.

In December, Spartanburg County officials joined representatives from the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) and Department of Health and Environmental Control (DHEC) to share information about soil evaluations taken from the cleanup site and land use restrictions – a key to future redevelopment of the site.

They announced that groundwater use will be prohibited, access to Victor Creek limited, and covers will have to be installed over most of the property to protect against residual levels of PAHs, an organic chemical caused by burning coal. Any residential reuse would require a property management group responsible for maintaining the covers, which could range from buildings, pavement or even clean soil brought off-site.

Spartanburg County planned to offer the property to interested developers with the intent of at least recouping its $1.2 million investment to clean the site.




Partnership delivers to school and community

The City of Greer and the Greenville County School District partnered on a unique program that would prove to serve not only students but also an entire community.

The city used approximately $60,000 from its Hampton Road Tax Increment Financing District to purchase playground equipment, install fencing, park benches, and mulch at the Paul Lawrence Dunbar Child Development Center. The school district maintains the equipment and makes it available to children in the community after school hours.

Dr. Phinnize Fisher, superintendent of Greenville County Schools, and Greer Mayor Rick Danner cut the ribbon to open the playground.

Creating that usable space was something former Dunbar student Bobby Mays, who now lives adjacent to the school, was pleased to see.

“We didn’t have all the amenities that we have now, and I’m very happy to see it because the children here didn’t have anything to do,” Mays said. “We have a high concentration of children, different types of children, and they need something to play on instead of in the streets,” he said.

“We always had a component in this TIF District for recreation,” City Administrator Ed Driggers said. “It’s been a commitment that our mayor and city council have made over the years.  We wanted to make sure that we honored our commitment to our community and that we honored our commitment to the Greenville County School District, as well.”

                       View a Video Clip of the Ribbon-Cutting Ceremony


 

 walls 
 Don and Ellen Wall have always had their hearts set firmly in Greer
Following the dedication of the Wall Gallery in the Events Complex at Greer City Hall, 
the couple
s love of the city will forever be a part of the municipal center. 
Don, who served two terms as mayor, and Ellen, a philanthropist and member
of numerous civic organizations, were among the most ardent supporters
of the Municipal Complex completed in 2008. The Wall Gallery, which hosts
monthly showings by artists, was dedicated as part of the city
s juried art show in March.

 

City builds a new home on the World Wide Web

websiteThe city limits of cyberspace took on a new look in April as the City of Greer debuted its new website at www.cityofgreer.org.

The first redesign of the city’s website since 2004, the site was designed to be more interactive and offered new features for both residents and visitors.

“For many, websites are the first stop when they are seeking information.  This new site provides an opportunity for the city to communicate quickly and through a variety of media,” City Administrator Ed Driggers said.  “We hope the website’s video capabilities, direct links to social media, and city news at the click of a mouse will help all users feel more connected to what’s happening and the services that are available in the City of Greer.”



Groups unite to build wireless network in the city

laptopThanks to a partnership between the City of Greer, the Greer Commission of Public Works, and Main Street Wireless of Greenville, visitors to downtown Greer and Greer City Park were able to access free wireless Internet beginning in March.

The city purchased wireless equipment for approximately $2,600 using excess lease/purchase funds. Main Street Wireless installed the equipment, while Greer CPW is providing Internet access.

The service offers speeds of up to 3 MG, which is comparable to basic DSL service. Main Street Wireless installed three transmitters using Trade, Poinsett, Randall and Main streets as a perimeter.

A transmitter also covers all of Greer City Park, where the only place you’ll find angry birds is on your mobile phone or laptop.




City of Greer PEG channel joins U-verse programming

uverseA new group of Upstate residents gained access to the City of Greer’s government television channel when AT&T U-verse began carrying the local channel as part of its programming in late June.

The government channel, which includes information on local activities, services, programs, policies, and emergency information, as well as original programming, is also available on Channel 15 to Charter Cable subscribers in the City of Greer.

“The channel is one of the best sources of both general and specific information about city services and activities.  We believe U-verse subscribers will discover what Charter subscribers have known for years — that the channel is a tremendous source for knowledge at a glance,” assistant city administrator Mike Sell said.