Downtown apartment living in Poe Mill

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It’s been about 17 years since the Poe Mill structure was destroyed in a fire, leaving uncertainty and an eyesore for the community in its place.

After the fire, the Greenville County Redevelopment Authority began environmental cleanup, working alongside the Department of Health and Environmental Control to ensure all harmful materials were removed. Once the first phase of cleanup was completed, GCRA had to figure out what to do with the place.

That’s when Contour Companies stepped in with a proposal. Specializing in multifamily housing and mixed-use developments, Contour aims to transform the 11-acre property into a massive development.

Apartment Street View - Rendering by Roopa Bhat
'The Power Plant' Clubhouse - Rendering by Roopa Bhat

Today, the site is primarily used as a home-grown skate park, but the plans Contour presented for what the company is calling “The Village at Poe Mill” would add six buildings, each six stories tall, accommodating 428 apartments.

The plan calls for the historic smokestacks to remain as a key feature of the village, with a social center and restaurant built in between. Across the campus that makes up the planned development site, green spaces and sidewalks would be constructed,  in addition to water fountains, community gathering areas and roadways.

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