Development
1:13 pm
Fri March 8, 2013

Towne Center project could start in spring

Ground could be broken as early as this spring on a water park, which will be part of a long awaited retail and commercial development in Greenville.

The Tax Increment Reinvestment Zone (TIRZ) Advisory Board Thursday voted to recommend a planned development agreement for the Greenville Towne Center project, which would stretch along Interstate 30 and which is also expected to include the Splash Kingdom water park.

Scott Steenson with III:I Emerging Market Partners in Plano said the vote was the next big step toward getting the center under way, but could not comment yet on any other potential tenants.

Steenson said ground could be broken on the water park in May or June. Officials with the Canton-based Splash Kingdom had previously indicated they intended to begin operations in Greenville for the 2014 season.

The Commission is scheduled to meet in regular session March 18, at which time it will hold a public hearing before taking a vote whether to recommend to the Council a change in zoning from agricultural and commercial to planned development for the almost 63 acres on which the Towne Center would be located. The Council would then conduct a second public hearing before taking a final vote on the zoning change when it meets on March 26.