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Spartanburg seeks developers for Cammie Clagett Courts site in Highland neighborhood

Spartanburg's Highland neighborhood

The former Cammie Clagett Courts site near South Daniel Morgan Avenue in Spartanburg. Spartanburg City Council agreed April 11 to transfer seven acres at the site from the Northside Development Group to the City of Spartanburg for future development. Chris Lavender/staff

SPARTANBURG — The city is seeking developers to transform the former Cammie Clagett Courts complex site in Spartanburg's Highland neighborhood at South Daniel Morgan Avenue and Highland Avenue now that it has taken ownership of the land.

City Council agreed April 11 to transfer seven acres at 501 S. Daniel Morgan Avenue and 311 Highland Avenue from the Northside Development Group to the city of Spartanburg.

In 2015, the city used Neighborhood Improvement Program funding from the State Housing Finance and Development Authority to purchase substandard single-family properties, including 150 units at Cammie Clagett Courts, which was built in 1971 and abandoned in 2014 before being demolished two years later.

Northside Development Group was among five non-profit partners working with the city through the neighborhood program. As part of the agreement, the site was to be donated to the city.

As part of the Highland Transformation Plan approved by City Council on Nov. 23, 2020, plans for the site include mixed-use development. Mayor Jerome Rice told The Post and Courier.

The Highland Neighborhood Association is among the partners working with the city to improve the area with future growth.

"We don't have a timeline with construction and haven't identified a developer yet, or a developer hasn't come forward to take the project on as of yet," Rice said. 

The city worked with Atlanta-based APD Urban Planning and Management to create the Highland Transformation Plan.

The plan includes rental units and opportunities for homeownership with a mix of apartments, homes and townhomes at the site. Rice said retail would also be included.

City Communications and Marketing Manager Christopher George said both parcels could include single-family homes and retail facing South Daniel Morgan Avenue.

Townhomes could be constructed on the backside of the parcels, he said. The project would include some affordable housing with qualifying residents earning an average of 60 percent or less of the area's median income.

"You would have more (building) density right there on the corner," George said. "It comes down to identifying a developer that does the kind of development we would be looking for at the site."

The site has development potential, City Councilwoman Janie Salley said. Salley represents District 5, which includes the Highland area. The site is a walkable distance from downtown Spartanburg and new development at the site would spur more growth.

"I think the donation of the property back (to the city) is a good idea for the neighborhood," Salley said. "It gives an opportunity to get a developer in place for us in the near future."

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