Understanding the opportunity that exists to improve the health and long-‐term livability of Greenwood neighborhoods by capitalizing on these assets, the Greenwood Partnership Alliance led an effort in cooperation with the City of Greenwood, the Self Family Foundation, Self Regional Healthcare, and Greenwood County to create a master plan for the Edgefield Street/South Main District. View April 2012 report (PDF).
The study area for the plan is bounded to the east by properties on the east side of South Main Street, Epting Avenue to the South, the CSX Rail Line and the Heritage Trail to the West, and Uptown Greenwood to the north. Major roadways within the study area include South Main Street, Edgefield Street, Spring Street, Carolina Avenue, Mineral Avenue, Marion Street, and Creswell Avenue.
A Steering Committee of community stakeholders oversaw the plan process and provided guidance to the project team from start to finish.
The conclusion of the report: The Edgefield/South Main area represents perhaps the most significant connection among Greenwood’s key assets and a singular opportunity to link them more closely. At the same time, it is a neighborhood with residents that have a critical stake in the place they call home. This plan attempts to preserve and enhance this neighborhood while fostering the connections that will continue to make Greenwood an innovator in revitalization.
The plan's key recommendation is the development of the Carolina Avenue connection from South Main to Edgefield Street to the Genetics Center Research Park.
The initial implementation partners have included the Westside Community Club, Macedonia Missionary Baptist Church, Episcopal Church of the Resurrection, Greenwood Area Habitat For Humanity, Greenwood Genetic Center, Self Regional Healthcare, Self Family Foundation, Greenwood Partnership Alliance, City of Greenwood, County of Greenwood and Upper Savannah Council of Governments.