What will become of the last, large vacant tract remaining inside the city? Our Urban Places Group conducted a week-long charrette with hundreds of stakeholders and residents to figure out the answer. Based on input from the charrette, our multi-disciplinary team is preparing a master plan for 354 acres that creates a new gateway into the city and ties the city more directly to the Clemson University campus, downtown Clemson, and the Pendleton Town Square.
With a focus on sustainability and high-quality design, the plan defines a mixed-use, urban village surrounded by walkable, urban neighborhoods. It also preserves a significant amount of undeveloped land as integrated open space. The village will have approximately 1,400 housing units, a medical office, movie theater, hotel, and more than 100,000 square feet of stores and restaurants built around a piazza. The open space will tie these homes and businesses to a planned regional greenway, and the plan assures that all homes will lie within a three-minute walk of parks and natural areas. Existing stream channels will be restored to improve downstream water quality in the existing impaired Eighteen Mile Creek.
The plan brings new mobility options to village residents, workers, and visitors and to the campus by introducing two new bridges—one for a multi-use trail and one to carry a new street over an active rail corridor. A public-private partnership between Pacolet-Milliken Enterprises and the City of Clemson jointly funded the planning process, and we can’t wait to see it come to life.