At Tuesday night’s Greenville City Council meeting the council voted 5-0 to approve the master site plan, final plat, and development agreement with T-Bow Inc. for the Greenville Commons development. The multiple unit housing rental buildings will be located where the old Junior High buildings now stand. The old buildings will come down as the new buildings go up and City Manager Dave Willey said no occupancy permits will be issued until the old buildings and their remnants are gone. Thomas Bow was on hand and said dirt work could begin as early as March. Bow also said he plans to recycle as much material as possible from the old buildings, including the metal.
In new business, councilman John Gillard revisited the idea of a preservation ordinance for downtown buildings. Willey urged the council to consider adopting a preservation ordinance, giving the city the authority to approve changes made to downtown buildings in the hope of preserving their historic look. This isn’t the first time this topic has been discussed and no specific ordinances were considered since the topic was brought up in new business and was not on the agenda. A preservation ordinance and occupancy permits are likely to be addressed in a future meeting.