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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 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 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

Based on public feedback received following the first public meeting, the typical section of Phase II of the West 5th Street Streetscape Project has been adjusted to widen the bike lanes to five feet by narrowing the travel lanes to eleven feet, in addition to the five-foot wide sidewalks on West 5th Street from Cadillac Street to just west of Sheppard Street (0.2 miles). A roundabout at the Tyson Street intersection is also proposed 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.

Please note, two minor changes were made to the proposed design to reduce costs since the first public meeting. First, the proposed brick crosswalks outside the roundabout will be replaced with high-visibility crosswalks across West 5th Street and standard striped crosswalks across the side streets; crosswalks within the roundabout are still proposed to be brick.  Additionally, the brick plazas proposed around the roundabout have been replaced with grass plazas with scored concrete sidewalks. 

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, west of the railroad tracks, include improved lighting, scored five-foot sidewalks with a grass strip, five-foot bike lanes, art elements, and historical markers for neighborhood gateways. This typical section was updated to widen the bike lanes to five feet by narrowing the travel lanes to eleven feet in response to public feedback received following the first public meeting. East of the railroad tracks, scored five-foot sidewalks with street trees, and wide lanes for shared use with bicyclists are proposed. This segment also has existing street lighting which will be improved. No additional artistic elements are currently planned. Utilities are also proposed to be relocated underground.

The project also proposes a roundabout at the Albemarle Avenue/Elizabeth Street intersection, with brick crosswalks on each approach street. The center of the roundabout will be fully landscaped. The  area outside the roundabout will also provide an opportunity to install gateway columns for West Greenville. The City has opted to install grass plazas rather than brick plazas around the roundabout to further reduce costs. Landscape beds are still proposed as well as memorial wall art proposed to be installed by others. 

Click here to see a rendering of the project overview.

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). Improvements being proposed include wider sidewalks, brick crosswalks, site furnishings, and street trees. Existing on-street parking is proposed to remain in current locations along the south side of West 5th Street along this corridor, as shown in this rendering and at the first public meeting. Some minor changes have also been made to Project E to reduce cost. With the exception of the crosswalks at the Evans Street, Pitt Street, and Reade Street/Reade Circle intersections, the remaining crosswalks have been changed from brick to standard striped crosswalks. The existing crosswalk at the mid-block crossing near City Hall is proposed to be replaced with a raised brick crosswalk 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. Other paved areas originally proposed to be brick have been changed to scored concrete. 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.


Click here to see a rendering of the project overview.

We Want Your Feedback!                                                                                                                    

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

The City would like your comments by Thursday, May 13, 2021. Please email us at or call 252-329-4821 if you have any questions regarding the projects.