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City Council approves ordinance to build new hotel, parking garage in Greer

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Greer City Council meeting. (10/10/17 FOX Carolina) Greer City Council meeting. (10/10/17 FOX Carolina)
GREER, SC (FOX Carolina) -

Lisa Garland started making lattes in downtown Greer six years ago. 

"I'm hoping that Greer will become a destination for people and that people will come here to spend the day and shop at all of the shops and be patrons everywhere," said Garland.

She said the rumor mill has been brewing for some time about a hotel and parking garage going up near her Trade Street shop, "The Stomping Grounds"'. A new neighbor, Garland said she would welcome.

"It's no secret that people that come to Greer grumble about parking and to have that extra space would be super," said Garland.

Greer City council went to vote Tuesday night at a meeting on a second and final reading of a proposal to build a 300 space garage and 100 plus room hotel with Sycamore Greer LLC.

FOX Carolina uncovered a notice that Sycamore Greer filed with DHEC that shows the new property could be built on 2.7 acres stretching down North Main Street in between East Poinsett and Jason Streets. It would be the only hotel in downtown Greer.

If that is the future location of the hotel, Greer's downtown businesses are excited about the future for the city.

"We have a ton of restaurant options. We have a ton of shopping options. If we could get people to stay right here in downtown Greer, it would be an amazing addition to the downtown area," said Cameron Keegan with Remax Moves.

At a City Council meeting on Tuesday, the council unanimously approved the ordinance.

The plans include the privately-owned hotel and commercial and retail facilities as well as a publicly-owned pedestrian walkway and parking facility.

Here are a few more details about the ordinance:

  • Hotel will have a minimum of 100 rooms, no more than 110 most likely
  • It will be a Hilton-brand hotel
  • The company must begin construction within 24 months of the agreement
  • It will not require a tax increase
  • There is a $10,000,000 bond that can be paid for by the city's current spending structure
  • This will be the first parking structure for the city

The developer, Sycamore Greer LLC, did not return phone calls to FOX Carolina on Tuesday. 

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