The opening of a transformational community space. Support for neighborhoods. Enhanced mobility options. Improved public safety. These are just some of the many achievements the City of Greenville and its residents can celebrate as the year draws to a close. Looking back on a fruitful 2022, gains were made on all five of the City Council's priorities.
“It was an extraordinary year in the City of Greenville, from opening a signature park to unify our community on the site of once segregated land; to major investments in affordable housing and neighborhood infrastructure; to planning for quality growth in the future with the overhaul of our development code,” Mayor Knox White said. “I’m proud of the accomplishments and ready to build on the momentum in 2023.”
Here were the top ten achievements of 2022:
Unity Park Opens
After 22 months of construction, the 60-acre Unity Park opened in the spring of 2022 on Greenville’s west side. Decades in the making, this park transformed a long-forgotten area of the city into a state-of-the-art community gathering space.
Affordable Housing Investment
City Council committed $14 million to affordable housing over the next five years, furthering their goal to make Greenville an inclusive, affordable community for all.
Neighborhood Infrastructure Investment
City Council approved a $28.7 million bond which included $9.5 million for the purchase of a new Public Safety Campus, funds to accelerate the construction of sidewalks and resurfacing of roads, traffic safety improvements as well as park improvements.
Investment for Road Resurfacing Doubled
The City leveraged a state match to double its initial $6 million investment in roads to $12 million. The expanded paving and repair program will now cover 92 city streets – more than 26 miles of road – in 2023.
Joint Police and Fire Public Safety Complex
The City purchased the 126,000-square-foot former Fluor building at Halton and Mall Connector roads, to transform it into a state-of-the-art public safety complex that will centralize police, fire and municipal court operations.
Development Code Rewrite
Eighteen months in creation, the City spent all of 2022 creating a new development code that will align with the City’s long-range vision for growth.
Economic Development Strategic Plan
City Council voted unanimously to adopt an economic development strategic plan that lays the foundation for sustained growth and prosperity.
Greenlink Bus Stop Upgrade
Thanks to a $5.8 million federal grant, 330 bus stops throughout the city and county will receive a massive upgrade in 2023.
The Reedy River Wetlands Preserve - BMW at Unity Park
Eight acres of urban wetlands are being restored and an outdoor classroom will be created, thanks to the support of title sponsor BMW, with additional contributions from Duke Energy and the C. Dan Joyner Family.
20th Anniversary of TD Saturday Market
Rooted in downtown Greenville for two decades, the TD Saturday Market celebrated local food, vendors and the support of a community that cares.