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Community Development

The mission of the Community Development Division is to improve the quality of life for low and moderate income City of Greenville residents. Community Development facilitates meaningful programs which address the root causes of poverty and need. Our approach involves the participation of all community stakeholders in the development and implementation of programs and projects. Each Community Development activity is defined as "community-owned" due to such diverse and thorough input during need assessment, development, implementation and evaluation of each activity.


These notices shall satisfy two separate but related procedural requirements for activities to be undertaken by the City of Greenville.

This is to give notice that the City of Greenville has conducted an evaluation as required by Executive Order 11988, in accordance with HUD regulations at 24 CFR 55.20 Subpart C Procedures for Making Determinations on Floodplain Management, to determine the potential affect that its activity in the floodplain will have on the human environment. The River Street Underpass project will extend a portion of the Swamp Rabbit Trail underneath the River Street Bridge to create a safer crossing. The City of Greenville has reevaluated the alternatives to building in the floodplain and has determined that it has no practicable alternative. The greenway will have a minimal impact on the natural environment, and the trail can be managed with a process in place for closing during a flood event in order to minimize safety issues.

On or about January 26, 2015 the City of Greenville will submit a request to the SC Department of Commerce/Grants Administration Division for the release of CDBG funds to undertake the River Street Underpass project This project will build an underpass trail beneath the River Street Bridge to provide safe pedestrian access along the Swamp Rabbit Trail, a 17.5 mile long trail that is the backbone of the City and County’s greenway system. In addition to the underpass construction, this project will include the construction of some trail facilities such as pedestrian ramps and lighting and aesthetic treatments. The connecting trail will traverse both the 100 year floodplain and the floodway of the Reedy River. The City will receive $200,000 in Community Development Block Grant (CDBG) funds from the South Carolina Department of Commerce via the Appalachian Regional Commission to fund the approximate $465,000 River Street Underpass project.

The activities proposed are categorically excluded under HUD regulations at 24 CFR Part 58 from National Environmental Policy Act (NEPA) requirements. An Environmental Review Record (ERR) that documents the environmental determinations for this project is available at the Community Development Division Office, 6th Floor City Hall, 206 South Main Street, Greenville, SC 29602, and may be examined or copied weekdays 8 A.M to 5 P.M. The documents are also available below:
Environmental Review River Street Underpass - Part 1
Environmental Review River Street Underpass - Part 2

Any individual, group, or agency may submit written comments to the City of Greenville. All comments received by January 26, 2015 will be considered by the City of Greenville prior to authorizing submission of a request for release of funds. Comments can be sent to Wayne Leftwich, Community Planner, at the Community Development Division Office (address above) or at

Notice of Funds Availability

The City of Greenville’s Community Development division (CD) is seeking proposals from qualified organizations for the provision of the following programs for the period July 1, 2015-June 30, 2016. During this grant period, CD will be receiving and administering Community Development Block Grant (CDBG) and Home Investment Partnership Act (HOME) funds to assist in improving the quality of life among the City’s low and moderate income citizens. In accordance with CD’s goals and objectives, applications are being accepted for the following: Affordable Housing Development; Public Services, Workforce Development, Homebuyer Education & Counseling, Education for Youth, Fair Housing Counseling; Economic Development, Microbusiness Loan Support.

Pre-Application Submission workshops will be held Monday, December 8, 2014 as follows:

  • Affordable Housing Development, 3 pm
  • Public Services & Economic Development, 4 pm

Both workshops will be held in the first floor conference room, Greenville City Hall, 206 S. Main Street. The workshop is not mandatory. However, the workshop will be helpful for first-time applicants and will serve as additional guidance for returning applicants.

All Applications are due by 5 pm, Friday, January 9, 2015. For more information, please contact: Ginny Stroud, e-mail: or phone: 864-467-4568; Yvonne Simpson, e-mail: , or phone: 864-467-4567, or Michael Williamson, e-mail: , or phone: 864-467-4416.

Housing Development Application FY15-16 Word | Housing Development Application FY15-16 PDF
Public Services Application FY15-16 Word | Public Services Application FY15-16 PDF

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Connections for Sustainability, Focusing on Greenville's West Side

In the spring of 2011, the City began a federally funded project in order to develop a unified and comprehensive plan for Greenville's west side, which is home to three of the City's Special Emphasis Neighborhoods. Entitled Connections for Sustainability: Linking Greenville's Neighborhoods to Jobs and Open Space, the project combines $1.8 million in funding from the HUD Community Challenge and DOT Tiger II Planning Grants with over $1 million in local and federal investments, outreach, and community involvement. The citywide planning effort is complete and can now guide Greenville's growth in ways that improve quality of life for all residents and function as the groundwork for planning on the west side.

West side planning integrates on-going efforts with future plans for affordable housing, transportation options, economic development opportunities, and open space in the community. Education and outreach ensured that city residents and community leaders were familiar with the best practices for creating a sustainable community and were kept informed throughout the planning and implementation processes. Community involvement encouraged input and guaranteed that all planning efforts represent the community’s vision for the future. Engaging the public in every step of the planning process helped increase support for the implementation of the community vision.

For more information, visit the Connections website.


Ginny Stroud
Community Development Administrator

Wayne Leftwich
Community Planner

Michael Williamson
CD Project Manager

Yvonne Simpson
Neighborhood Planner

Christa Jordan
Livability Grant Coordinator

Regina Wynder
Administrative Assistant

You can reach our office during business hours by calling
We are located at:
206 S. Main St.
(6th floor)
Greenville, SC

Our mailing address:
City of Greenville
Community Development
P.O. Box 2207
Greenville, SC 29602

or email us with your questions or comments.

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