Uptown Greenville’s residential population to increase by 400% by 2018

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GREENVILLE, N.C. (WNCT) – The success and growth uptown Greenville has seen in the past is far from over. Projected numbers show that in the next three years, the number of people calling uptown home will increase by 400 percent.

That is in large part due to new student complexes, like the Boundary, which will open. By 2018, the projected residential population in uptown will be around 2,400.

The news was just part of Uptown Greenville Director Bianca Shoneman’s mid-year report in front of the Greenville City Council Monday.

In 2015, 21 new businesses opened, creating 91 full or part-time jobs. Shoneman said it is this growth that is helping to keep turnover rates down.

“We’re able to stabilize restaurants during the lunch service hour by having more workers in the uptown district,” Shoneman said.

While the increased foot traffic is good news for businesses, it isn’t welcomed news for parking. The city opened a parking garage earlier in 2015, but Shoneman said that likely will be at capacity within the year.

“There’s going to be a lot of things changing,” said Councilwoman Kandie Smith. “So we have to make sure we keep our finger on the pulse to see what’s happening.”

Shoneman said they plan to increase street parking and hope future developers will help with new parking options as well.

Since 2013, $394 million has been invested in uptown.

While there has been a lot of success, Shoneman said she knows their work isn’t done yet.

“What’s the municipal draw,” she said. “What’s the one iconic thing that we make ourselves call this place a great place to live? I want that project to be discussed.”

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