A proposed ordinance in Mauldin has delayed, and most likely imperiled, Habitat for Humanity of Greenville County’s ideas to convert a previous Bi-Lo into a massive ReStore thrift shop.
At its July conference, Town Council unanimously passed a resolution instructing the setting up fee to limit the number of secondhand shops that could run in the town.
“Added thrift merchants in the Town of Mauldin could be inconsistent with the goals of the Zoning Ordinance to defend the good quality and overall look of the qualities in business zoning districts,” the resolution reads.
Habitat for Humanity applied for a business license Aug. 4 with the intention of leasing the previous grocery retail outlet on West Butler Road, but was denied in mild of the pending regulation.
The first draft of the ordinance would have minimal the variety of thrift outlets and consignment shops authorized in the town by requiring any new these kinds of enterprise to be at least 200 ft absent from the closest residential assets line and mandating they be in a multi-tenant procuring centre. It also imposed guidelines prohibiting outdoor donations, drop off bins and motor vehicle traces blocking traffic and parking areas, as well as necessitating specific signage.
The organizing fee hosted a community listening to on the probable rule adjust Aug. 24 throughout which representatives from Habitat voiced strong opposition to the ordinance.
Through that listening to, a agent for the operator of the property exactly where the previous Bi-Lo sits explained they had sought a number of other grocers to transfer into the locale but could not come across any that have been interested. The Bi-Lo shut previously this calendar year when the supermarket’s mother or father enterprise discontinued the manufacturer.
Pursuing the Aug. 24 hearing, the planning fee encouraged City Council enact a edition of the ordinance that would not contain the 200-foot necessity, nor the multi-tenant rule, which would allow for Habitat for Humanity to transfer into the previous grocery shop.
But Town Council could continue to pick out to consist of people stipulations in the closing rule. Mayor Terry Merritt said he would not aid an ordinance that permitted ReStore or other thrift retailers to open up there.
“If that improve would make it possible for (the new ReStore), I would not be content with it,” he claimed.
The following move for the ordinance will be the September assembly of the Financial Setting up and Advancement Committee.
Habitat for Humanity of Greenville County CEO Monroe Free of charge, who spoke from the ordinance at the Aug. 24 preparing fee meeting, explained his group has been organizing an enlargement in the Golden Strip for many several years and observed an prospect when the Bi-Lo shut down previously this 12 months.
Even though he opposed the restrictions that would avoid Habitat from opening the new ReStore, he said he agrees with the other rules involved in the ordinance and that Greenville County’s two other ReStore services on Wade Hampton Boulevard and Woodruff Street by now comply with all those specifications.
“If you go search at our stores, they’re wonderful retail operations,” he stated. “They are clear, they existing properly, our signage is experienced. We test to do things in strategies that are excellent for the communities we’re in.”
A 3rd of Habitat’s profits comes from its ReStore places, Free of charge claimed, and it requirements to increase to preserve up with the desire of donations and shoppers.
“Greenville County has an affordable housing crisis,” he stated. “For the metropolis of Mauldin to occur out and choose a position that hurts an firm which is just one of the leaders in reasonably priced housing, and consider a stand towards them to avoid them from increasing their capacity to construct more cost-effective housing, that just kind of baffles me.”
There are at this time six resale outlets functioning in Mauldin. All but the Miracle Hill thrift store would be exempt from this rule as “antique stores” or “boutique consignment retailers.” Wonder Hill’s shop, positioned on West Butler Highway in the vicinity of the disused Bi-Lo, would be grandfathered in.
Cost-free said blocking thrift retailers from location up shop in Mauldin could prevent valuable, profitable companies from finding there in the future.
Merritt reported much more secondhand outlets are inconsistent with council’s vision for the long run, significantly as the initial period of the new town center task will get underway. The metropolis has had challenges with the visual appearance of consignment outlets in the earlier, Merritt mentioned, and would like to redevelop and modernize various of the more mature buying centers close to Mauldin.
Totally free reported he was encouraged that the scheduling commission voiced assist for his final decision, and that he and other Habitat for Humanity representatives will be at the following Financial Setting up and Development Committee assembly.
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