River West SC Fund 2016
In 2016, the Fund acquired 98% of West 123, LLC, which owned the River West, SC property. River West, situated on over 200 acres off US Highway 123 in Greenville, South Carolina, is truly a unique asset due to its close proximity, only 3 miles, to thriving Downtown Greenville along with its existing development entitlements.
River West was the largest contiguous tract of land available within ten miles of Downtown Greenville, offering over 1/2 mile of frontage along US Hwy 123.
This parcel, with its rolling terrain, standing groves of Birch trees, access to the Saluda River and amazing views, was an ideal setting for a planned residential or green space development. There are two man-made bodies of water on the property that not only assist with storm water management, but also provide aesthetically pleasing gathering spots and parks for future residents. Its creeks, ponds, waterfalls, and Saluda River frontage offer numerous recreational opportunities. From several points on the property, one can take in views of Table Rock State Park and the surrounding mountains. The mountain views, beautiful trees, and rolling hills are ideally suited for both single family and multifamily residential development.
Due to its former use as Mill Stone golf course, there are more than five miles of golf cart paths that lent themselves nicely to an overall pedestrian network for the community and encourage residents to get out and enjoy up to 200 acres of planned park and green space.
Despite the great development potential of this entire property in growing Greenville, the members of the Fund voted for a conservation focused approach, and a permanaent conservation easement protecting the majority of the land was recorded in late 2016. The Fund also retained approximately 15 acres of buildable residential lots on the overlooking ridge line for future potential development.
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As an environmental consultant, it is inspiring to see a company that considers environmental issues when it comes to development planning. Hank’s unique personal drive to pursue projects with private individual investors that balance needed building and conservation planning as a combined strategy has the benefits of protecting biological diversity, maintaining ecological linkages and preserving water resources. When sustainable growth occurs, it benefits us all.