Changing the perception of Greenville’s downtown — to accentuate its reputation as a destination for work, commerce and entertainment — will not succeed without innovative partnerships that share responsibility for delivering improvement. The City Council believes it successfully advanced two such projects with nearly unanimous decisions on Monday night.
Council members’ approval of a parking deck was accompanied by the selection of a site for a long discussed transportation and activity center (formerly known as the intermodal center). While these projects do not assure improvement in that key city district, they do represent the sort of collaborative thinking that should make progress over the long term.
After 12 years of consideration, discussion and work by city staff, the council voted 5-1, with Councilman Max Joyner in opposition, to build a proposed Greenville Transportation and Activity Center in an area bordered by Pitt Street and Bonners Lane, and nearby Dickinson Avenue and 10th Street. It is intended to be a mixed-use development that provides a central clearinghouse for Greenville Area Transit System, Pitt Area Transit System, East Carolina University Transit and Greyhound buses as well as the new Amtrack connector, bicyclists and pedestrians.
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