MOUNT PLEASANT — This town overtook Greenville as South Carolina’s fourth largest city a few years ago, but the Upstate city is still ahead as far as revitalizing its main street.
That’s why several Mount Pleasant officials traveled there this month to learn how Greenville converted the heart of its downtown into a pedestrian friendly place —with personality.
What they learned will be put to use as the town begins its own multimllion project to redo Coleman Boulevard early next year.
“I don’t know if you can compare the two —Coleman Boulevard to (Greenville’s) Main Street, but you can compare the concept,” Mayor Billy Swails said after the trip. “ Coleman needs a face-lift, and it needs to be our main street.”
The town’s Coleman makeover has a years-long endeavor, beginning with the new Moultrie Middle School and its adjacent Farmer’s Market shed, a new park at Shem Creek, plus zoning changes that have created more pocket parks and outdoor dining next to the sidewalks.
Still, the town is laying plans for a $10 million streetscape project next year that promises to be the most dramatic change so far.
Read more in tomorrow’s Post and Courier.