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Streetscape Improvements

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The BUILD Project includes three adjacent sections of streetscape improvements along West 5th Street: Phases II, III, and IV. Phase I, which was completed in 2011, constructed streetscape improvements on West 5th Street from Memorial Drive to Cadillac Street. The three proposed phases (II, III, and IV) combined are approximately 1.1 miles long and will include pedestrian, bicycle, and vehicular improvements.

Vehicular improvements being evaluated include resurfacing of the existing roadway and construction of two roundabouts (at Tyson Street and at Albemarle Avenue/Elizabeth Street) to replace misaligned intersections. Proposed pedestrian and bicycle improvements being evaluated include Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA) compliant sidewalks and curb ramps, pedestrian safety lighting, high-visibility crosswalks, and bicycle facilities. The designs for all the streetscape projects are proposed to be consistent with the City of Greenville’s Streetscape Master Plan for the West Greenville and Uptown Districts. 

The purpose of these projects is to improve safety, access, and connectivity for all users along West 5th Street—a critical east-west roadway through West Greenville.


Project C – West 5th Street Streetscape Phase II

Phase II of the West 5th Street Streetscape Project proposes 12-foot wide travel lanes with four-foot wide on-road bike lanes, and five-foot wide sidewalks on West 5th Street from Cadillac Street to just west of Sheppard Street (0.2 miles), and a roundabout at the Tyson Street intersection. The roundabout is intended to replace the misaligned intersection to improve safety and mobility. Plans for this phase of the project have already been completed and can be viewed here.

Click here to see a rendering of the project overview.

Project D – West 5th Street Streetscape Phase III

Phase III of the West 5th Street Streetscape project proposes streetscape improvements from just west of Sheppard Street to South Pitt Street (0.6 miles). This project is within the national historic boundary of Skinnerville-Greenville Heights Historic District and adjacent to the Perkins Town‐Cherry View Historic District. In addition, several individual historic homes are along the corridor.

The streetscape design of this project will be coordinated with the design of Project C (Phase II) and be consistent with the City’s Streetscape Master Plan for the West Greenville Historic Neighborhood District. The project will also transition in look and feel to the proposed streetscape style of downtown at the eastern edge of the project where Project E (Phase IV begins).

Improvements being considered in the historic neighborhoods of West Greenville include improved lighting, five-foot sidewalks with a grass strip, bike lanes, brick crosswalks, art elements, and historical markers for neighborhood gateways. In downtown, enlarged brick sidewalks, street trees, and wide lanes for shared use with bicyclists are proposed. The downtown segment has existing street lighting, and no additional artistic elements are currently planned. The relocation of utilities underground is also being considered.

The project also proposes a roundabout at the Albemarle Avenue/Elizabeth Street intersection. The center of the roundabout will be fully landscaped. The area outside the roundabout will also provide an opportunity to install gateway features for West Greenville, similar to the existing features near Thomas Foreman Park. Additional streetscape and gateway elements being considered include community gardens, open space areas with plantings, and art or commemorative exhibits to be selected by the City at a later date.  

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Project E – West 5th Street Streetscape Phase IV

Phase IV of the West 5th Street Streetscape project proposes roadway and streetscape improvements from South Pitt Street to Reade Circle/Street (0.3 miles). Potential improvements being considered include wider sidewalks, brick crosswalks, site furnishings, and street trees. Because of the constrained width on this part of the corridor, adjustments to the on-street parallel parking in the downtown area along West 5th Street are being considered. These changes are consistent with the City’s Streetscape Master Plan.

This project is located within the Greenville Commercial Historic District and the corridor is home to the National Register of Historic Places-listed Robert Lee Humber House, the Greenville Municipal Building local landmark, and the Greenville Bus Station and Montgomery Ward Store, which are potential historic resources.

Crosswalk improvements are proposed, including replacing the stamped asphalt with brick and raising the crosswalk at the crossing near City Hall to improve safety. The new sidewalks and brick accents will be consistent with the streetscape at the Gather Uptown apartments, which is proposed to be retained. The on-street parking will be maintained to the extent practicable.

Click here to see a rendering of the project overview.

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Please be sure to complete this comment form to provide your feedback on the preliminary designs:

The City would like your comments by Wednesday, December 2, 2020 so that they can be incorporated where feasible as the designs progress. Please email us at or call 252-329-4821 if you have any questions regarding the projects.