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The property of the Wilkins house on Augusta St (currently Augusta Manor wedding & events venue) is up for rezoning at next month's planning commission meeting.  I just received confirmation that the new owner plans to demolish the old house to build an assisted living facility.  I live just around the corner from this home, and I think it would be a shame to lose another important piece of Greenville history.  The developer is planning a neighborhood meeting just a few days before the planning commission meets.  I'm trying to find out more info before that, and hope there will be enough opposition to prevent destruction of this landmark.  There's no reason any new development couldn't incorporate the existing house as an asset to the property.

 

http://www.greenvillesc.gov/PlanningZoning/PlanningApplications/Applications/2013/DECEMBER/PlanningCommission/12-12-2013/Z-22-2013-1004AugustaStreet.pdf

 

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That would absolutely be a shame. Hopefully it will not be approved for rezoning, and this prevent this from happening.

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I don't understand the economic incentive to tear down a valuable building, instead of just buying vacant land somewhere.  The cost of the building plus demo and landfill cost is an unnecessary cost in the former. 

 

Hopefully this will be stopped one way or another.

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Doesn't sound like the building will be demolished going off the Greenville News story. Instead it sounds like the house will be converted into the assisted living facility. 

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The greenville news article clearly says the house is to come down.

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The greenville news article clearly says the house is to come down.

 

The article has been updated since yesterday.

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The developer presented their plans for the site at the neighborhood meeting last night.  They definitely plan to tear down the house, and did not seem very open to the idea of preserving it as part of the development in any way.  They tried to play up the fact that the zoning change from commercial to office is less intense and would be better for the neighborhood.  Several other neighbors have concerns where the new development abuts the existing residential areas, with parking and a new driveway directly across from existing homes, but I find the most objectionable part is the disregard for the historic fabric of our neighborhood.  This is one of the most significant historic structures in the area, and is not in disrepair at all.  It is unfortunate that a developer from out of town is willing to destroy that just to make a buck.  Hopefully there will be enough people concerned to oppose this. Attached is their proposed plan.

site plan.pdf

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There's no way the City makes way for this house to be demolished. I'm not very impressed with the layout of the site plan either.

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There's no way the City makes way for this house to be demolished. I'm not very impressed with the layout of the site plan either.

 

I certainly hope it won't be demolished.   I'm surprised that there's not some other land parcel of this size nearby for the project.

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Someone should remove the paint from this old house and expose the beautiful brick and stone walls. It was more attractive before the paint.

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I certainly hope it won't be demolished. I'm surprised that there's not some other land parcel of this size nearby for the project.

Seems like there is still plenty of vacant land nearby on Church St heading into downtown. I've also heard that the YWCA property on Augusta will be going up for sale.

Do you have a link to any pictures?

There are a couple historic photos in the book 'Greenville's Augusta Rd' by Kelly Lee Odum. See page 102 of the book here on Google books:

http://books.google.com/books?id=NHQSyeOePNgC&pg=PA102&vq=Wilkins&output=html_text&source=gbs_search_r&cad=1

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I've also heard that the YWCA property on Augusta will be going up for sale.

 

Sorry to threadjack, but I've heard this, too.  Can anyone confirm?

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Sorry to threadjack, but I've heard this, too.  Can anyone confirm?

 

It's going to happen from what I'm hearing....

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The YWCA is closing.  Last day for the Child Development Center is Dec. 20.  Sad to hear...

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Aren't they the second largest recipient monies from Hollingsworth Funds?

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The Planning Commission has voted to approve moving forward with the development.

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I was at the Planning Commission meeting last week.  They expressed a desire to save the house, but felt it was not part of the decision they had to make.  The rezoning still has to be approved by City Council. Hopefully they will see the importance of protecting this piece of Greenville history, and that they have the power to do something about it.  Many people from the historic preservation community are actively working together to seek solutions for how to preserve the house, but it will still take a lot of public support.  A facebook page has been set up to help gather support:

https://www.facebook.com/pages/Save-The-Wilkins-Mansion/595983443788703

I had a chance to join them in touring the house before the meeting last week.  This building is in very good condition, and even more impressive inside than it appears from the exterior.  It would be a shame to get rid of it.  Here are several photos I took last week:

 

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Someone should remove the paint from this old house and expose the beautiful brick and stone walls. It was more attractive before the paint.

 

A good view of the front elevation before the paint was captured in a photo posted on GreenvilleDailyPhoto.com courtesy of the Greenville Historical Society.

 

http://greenvilledailyphoto.com/index.php/2013/12/on-the-chopping-block/

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An online petition has been set up asking the city council to require preservation of the home as part of any new development plans.

http://www.thepetitionsite.com/811/820/579/save-the-wilkins-mansion/

 

The next city council meeting is a week from today, so we need as many signatures from Greenville residents as possible.

 

Last Friday was the last day for the previous tenant, so I went back in to get more photographs.  The site now has 'No Trespassing' signs posted.

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That looks like such a beautiful home!  History alone is a valid reason to save it, but it looks to be in pretty good condition.  Why anyone would need this property so badly in order to justify tearing this home down is beyond me.

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