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Greenville development gives headaches to current neighbors

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Neighbors attend a meeting to discuss the North Main development plans. (Feb. 26, 2013/FOX Carolina) Neighbors attend a meeting to discuss the North Main development plans. (Feb. 26, 2013/FOX Carolina)

A historic downtown Greenville neighborhood is seeing some changes and some of the neighbors are not pleased.

New homes are in the works in the North Main area between Hillcrest Drive and Mountainview Avenue on Townes Street Ext. It will be called the Cottages at Townes.

Tuesday night, the developers at North Main Building & Design held a neighborhood meeting to share new plans for their homes.

This was the second meeting where the developers met with neighbors from the area. Their plans were already approved by the city of Greenville, but since neighbors weren't happy, they decided to make some changes.

The new plan maps out 10 new homes instead of 11 to go between the homes along Hillcrest and Mountainview. Two rental homes along Townes Street Ext. will be knocked down to make space for the paved road that will lead to the 10 new homes.

Current neighbors in the area had major concerns about the development. They wanted to know where the sewage would go, what the homes would look like and they want to keep as much green space as possible. They said they want to make sure their historic and affluent area keeps up its property value and that these new developments won't crowd their space.

At the Tuesday meeting, the builders unveiled their new plan with many of what they call "improvements" to the original plan.

"We weren't forced to do it, but since we noticed there was so much concern about it, the neighbors were upset about it," said Joseph Stronkowsky with North Main Building & Design. "I got together with my partners and said, 'Let's see if we can address these concerns.'"

The builders said their new plan has smaller home footprints on slightly bigger lots, with more space and trees between the existing homes. They said they'll be working with the builders for other developments going up in that same block of streets to share a retention pond.

The neighbors still weren't happy with the builder's plan Tuesday. Many don't want any development and said they will be at the next planning commission meeting on March 14. The developers said, however, that land would be developed by someone else if it's not them.

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