To all 756 Petition signers: Success!! Thanks to all, Rick Janczak Extract from Thursday March 20th Greenville News: Tears welled up in Ann Vaughn’s eyes as she described her love for her community and how she and her husband, Bob, made their home on Boiling Springs Road in Greer for more than 30 years. “My husband and I both worked all of our lives, saved our money, to own our home when we retired,” said Mrs. Vaughn, who added that her husband planted every bush and every shrub, and almost every tree, in their yard. The couple’s home is located next to property that has been the center of much debate the past several weeks. They and other residents voiced their opposition to a proposed development that they say would have increased traffic congestion and flooding problems along a two-lane suburban road.
Developer Rosewood Communities proposed a 54-subdivision development on 12.7 acres at Boiling Springs and Phillips roads, an area zoned residential, said Bob Mihalic, spokesman for Greenville County. “The way it’s zoned right now … he can go in and put in 45 units,” he said. The developer requested that the property be rezoned from R-12 to FRD (Flexible Review District) to add nine more homes. Greenville County Council passed a first reading of the ordinance but after a series of arguments from both sides, a second reading was recently struck down by a 6-4 vote. A civil engineer and representative for the developer, Chuck Reichert, said there are no longer plans to proceed with development at this point. “It’s done. We have terminated the contract with the property sellers.” Council members Jim Burns, Bob Taylor, Xanthene Norris, Liz Seman, Butch Kirven and Fred Payne voted against the measure, while Sid Cates, Joe Dill, Willis Meadows and Joe Baldwin voted for it. Residents gathered outside council chambers smiling and hugging each other. Phil Arnold, who has lived on Boiling Springs Road for 31 years, said, “I’m affected by the traffic at Phillips and Boiling Springs roads every day.” “I just think the surrounding community really stuck together, fought this thing hard, brought the facts out and six council (members) listened … They heard what we had to say and believed it.” Rick Janczak said, “Our community is very happy.” Janczak initiated an online petition that garnered more than 800 signatures from Greer and East side residents. He also submitted a video to council showing traffic backed up near the intersection of Boiling Springs and Phillips Road from 7:45-8:15 a.m. And while he’s relieved about the decision, Janczak said in moving forward, issues about infrastructure still need to be addressed. “We still need to talk about road improvements and flooding. We don’t have the infrastructure for that (development),” Janczak said. “It would have been a disaster.” The county’s planning commission initially approved the request, as did the planning and development subcom-mittee, under the condition that the developer would build sidewalks, widen the entrance and add a left turn lane on Boiling Springs Road. If possible, a second entrance on Phillips Road would have been included, Reichert said.