City of Greenville to own property along Reedy River, making are - FOX Carolina 21

City of Greenville to own property along Reedy River, making area open to public

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Reedy River in Falls Park in Greenville, SC (FILE) Reedy River in Falls Park in Greenville, SC (FILE)
GREENVILLE, SC (FOX Carolina) -

The city of Greenville plans to purchase the land along the Reedy River, officially making that area open to the public.

The city says the goal of the purchase is to stop inappropriate development and to officially open it up to the public and secure the quality of the river.

Greenville plans to build a promenade for the community to provide broader access to the river. This project is expected to be completed by the end of the year.

Officials say, although there was public access on a narrow sidewalk, the property wasn't publicly owned.

This will be the first time in history the city has owned the property along the river.

Mayor Knox White said it’s all about paving the way for future generations.

"We continue to see of course a lot of interest in development in the downtown area. In particular the area around the river," Mayor White said. "Hotels, apartments, and the like. Our job is to make sure the development is done well and that the public space, the green space, along the river is preserved for future generations."

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