The Greenville City Council voted Thursday to delay conversations on the future of the Town Common for a couple of months.
In a four to three vote, the council voted to bring up the Town Common Master Plan in March after the Redevelopment Commission meets. Mayor Allen Thomas cast the deciding vote because the vote among council members was tied at three votes apiece.
Marion Blackburn, Calvin Mercer and newcomer council member Rick Smiley voted against delaying discussion. Rose Glover, Kandie Smith and newcomer council member Rick Croskery voted to delay the discussion.
The Town Common master plan was created back in April 2009, but there's been no action on it. It outlines eight priority areas the public deems the most important to better the 20-acre park situated between the city's urban core and the Tar River.
People have a wide range of opinions on whether the Town Common should remain green space along the river or develop it with vendors or businesses.
The Town Common master plan was created back in April 2009, but there's been no action on it.
It outlines eight priority areas the public deems the most important to better the 20 acre park situated between the city's urban core and the Tar River.
Michael Glenn, the manager of Jefferson's downtown, favors some development. He says, "On the prettiest May 70 degree day you can drive down to the Town Common and there's a handful of people, so I think we have more space than we have people using it."
Nancy Kebas runs on the greenway that ends at the Town Common and says, "I really think what we need to do is improve on what we already have right now."
She believes Greenville should shy away from developing businesses and restaurants and focus on beautifying the park.
Councilmember Rose Glover says, "I think we need to do something more attractive to draw people downtown. So maybe some vendor spots, and maybe some more shelters."