Two Projects Advance in Greenwood

Two Projects Advance in Greenwood

The City of Greenwood is advancing two major projects designed to improve the quality of life for its residents and visitors. The Greenwood Redevelopment Commission (RDC) awarded construction contracts for a new Fieldhouse in Old Town Greenwood and a significant extension of the Madison Avenue streetscape project.

“Our plans for the future of downtown create a thriving city core that is walkable and connected to trails, parks and dynamic public gathering spaces,” said Mayor Mark W. Myers. “We’ll have diverse, authentic amenities, seamless integration of greenspace and opportunities for all ages to live, work and play in downtown Greenwood. The Fieldhouse redevelopment and Madison Avenue transformation are key to these efforts, and we’re extremely pleased to be moving forward on both projects.”

 

Fieldhouse

The Fieldhouse will be a modern public amenity that will anchor redevelopment of the former Greenwood Middle School in the heart of downtown, known locally as Old Town. City officials announced in 2018 that the property’s north gymnasium would be preserved and repurposed as a new recreational facility. Design plans include an elevated indoor running and walking track, two multi-purpose turf fields – which can be used for soccer, lacrosse and several other sports – basketball/volleyball courts and several indoor pickle ball courts.

Greenwood purchased the former middle school property in 2017. Current and future projects include:

  • Construction of apartments and townhomes
  • Potential retail/office space
  • New and/or upgraded open space
  • New and/or reconstructed streetscapes

Plans remain conceptual while Myers and other city officials continue discussions with private developers. Greenwood issued a public RFI for development of the property late last year.

“To attract residents, businesses and visitors to the city’s core, we must continue to invest in a diverse array of public amenities that improve our quality of life,” said Myers. “Greenwood is already seeing a return on previous investments, and this project continues Old Town’s tremendous momentum.”

Greenwood Parks & Recreation Director Rob Taggart says the new Fieldhouse is designed for a wide range of residents and visitors.

“We committed to a design providing diverse opportunities for public recreation,” said Taggart. “From futsal to pickle ball, the new fieldhouse will offer something for all ages and ability levels.”

Construction is scheduled to be completed in 2021.

 

Madison Avenue

The Madison Avenue project continues a significant transformation for one of the city’s major north-south corridors. Initial work on the project, which encompassed the portion of Madison Avenue between Pearl and Noble Streets, was completed in late 2018.

The next phase of construction moves north beyond Noble Street and stretches all the way to Fry Road. Project features include an enhanced multi-use trail for pedestrians and bicyclists, marked pedestrian crosswalks and several streetscape improvements.

“The new Madison Avenue will provide an opportunity for residents and visitors to enjoy a more walkable downtown,” said Mayor Mark W. Myers. “We continue to receive tremendous feedback on the completed portion. Businesses located along this section are already benefiting from increased pedestrian traffic, and we expect the change in atmosphere will generate interest from other retail and restaurant business owners. It’s another important milestone in the resurgence of Old Town Greenwood.”

Madison Avenue connects multiple downtown parking lots, providing residents and visitors the additional benefit of easier vehicle access to restaurants and businesses in the area as well.

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