The developer is proposing a plan to convert the historic mill into affordable housing, domestic violence shelter in Greenville Co.


GREENVILLE, SC (WSPA) – A Greenville-based developer plans to turn a historic mill in the west of the city into more than affordable housing for the community.

Gordon Street Mill is in land surrounded by 20th Street, Gordon Street, and North Georgia Street.

M Peters Group builders said the plan was to create a campus-style project that will consist of two parts.

The first piece would include 116 units with 100 percent affordable housing. Tenants have to earn less than 60 percent of the median income to live there.

M Peters Group Vice President Travis Paul said renters can also use coupons to help them hit those numbers.

“And the next part of the campus is that we have headquarters for Safe Harbor,” Paul said.

Safe Harbor is a local nonprofit that serves domestic violence survivors in the Upstate area.

“So if you are in a situation where you need to get off they will provide temporary accommodation,” Paul explained. “There will be 50 beds. There will be administrative work on site, advice and only general support for it. “

Right now – Amanda Manly, director of development for Safe Harbor, said the nonprofit operates out of a single family home that is more than 100 years old. Until the outbreak of the pandemic, 34 people fit into the house.

“We have a lot of problems as you would expect from a building this old,” said Manly. “Not to mention that we are a communal living space that is not particularly conducive to a healing and nurturing environment for customers and the children who come to us.”

This new campus would enable their outreach efforts to expand their capacity by more than 50 percent and would also serve as a full domestic violence center.

“Our shelter and all of our community services would be in the same building,” explained Manly. “This would give our animal shelter customers really easy access to all of our supporting services.”

Paul said the units will serve as short stay housing, with most people occupying the shelter’s beds for less than 30 days.

“This is a great temporary apartment that gives them their own space,” said Paul. “So they have their own bathroom, their own kitchen, their own beds. Really a nice place for people and their families in times of need. “

He said M Peters Group used a third-party research company that showed that the West Greenville area was in great demand for affordable housing. He said it made sense to choose Judson Mill as the location.

“About really preserving West Greenville’s historic mill history at Judson Mill, but also helping the community with affordable housing and safe haven headquarters,” said Paul.

The project received a unanimous vote from Greenville County Council to move the plans forward in its first reading.

Paul said there would be two more hearings before the county’s planning and development committee. They hope for a reallocation and final approval in mid-October.

If the county approves and finalizes all plans, Paul hopes to break the ground for the new homes by December.


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