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City of Greenville offers to buy downtown land eyed by developers

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Reedy River at Falls Park (File/FOX Carolina) Reedy River at Falls Park (File/FOX Carolina)
GREENVILLE, SC (FOX Carolina) -

The Greenville mayor has taken a stand against talks of a controversial construction project in the heart of Greenville.

The City of Greenville said Wednesday that negotiations between the city and developer planning to erect a brand new building along the banks of the Reedy River at the edge of Falls Park, had thrown a twist in prior plans.

According to Mayor Knox White's Executive Assistant Elizabeth Lapidus, Centennial American Properties agreed to relocate the project, and the city of Greenville has offered to buy the site by the river. The city would utilize the land to enlarge Falls Park rather than add a new structure.

Lapidus said Mayor White, along with city council members, believe that while the project is a good one, "a building so close to the river is not appropriate.

"Falls Park is like sacred ground for our city," said Mayor White. "It has to be treated with respect and sensitivity."

The City of Greenville's decision to buy the property comes after the building proposal was met with heavy opposition from the city and its residents.

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