Originally Posted by KB0679
I agree, and I would have very much desired to see ICAR become integrated within the existing fabric of downtown and have shops, bars, restaurants, residential, etc. , but when you consider the fact that the land was basically designated for this purpose, Greenville had to take what it could get. It was basically the same with Millenium Campus as well. Good for economic growth and development, but a large single-use district. Verdae, in my opinion, is Greenville's shining star as far as infill is concerned.
I don't think Greenville "had to take what it could get". What is being overlooked is that this a large area of land two miles from center city, not the far flung burbs 12 and 15 miles away. The following developments: The Point, Shops at Greenridge, CU-ICAR, Verdae, Millenium Campus, South Financial, Global Trade Center are all being developed with adjoining boundaries and much interconnectivity is being developed (bike lanes, pedestrian greenways, etc). The future light rail line that Greenville has been planning goes directly through the heart of these developments. If anything, this is more of a midtown infill, and all is right smack in the middle of the Greenville/Spartanburg/Anderson metro, where 85 and 385 intersect, with high, high visibility being halfway between Atlanta and Charlotte.