Inspector shares city#039;s growth

Published 12:00 am Wednesday, February 28, 2007

Greenville is &#8220on the grow” in every direction. That was the news shared by City Inspector Eddie Anderson during a PowerPoint presentation at Monday's Greenville Lions Club meeting.

Anderson discussed the status of a number of industrial, residential and commercial projects that are underway or in the works for the Camellia City.

Both of the city's Tier I Hyundai suppliers are seeing expansion, the city inspector said.

&#8220Hwashin on Hwy 31 North is currently adding a 31,000-square-foot addition to extend their loading dock area. And Hysco just got underway with

an 88,000-square-foot addition at their Hwy 185 location. They also added a rail spur,” Anderson said.

The long-awaited

Butler County Jail should see construction at its Walnut Street site begin within a month or so. The 18,000-square-foot facility will hold 55 inmates with the capability to expand to 70-plus with the addition of second bunks in some cells.

AIA, located across from Terrell Enterprises, is adding a rail site to their property.

&#8220Just to fill you in, AIA takes scrap metal from all the suppliers to Hyundai and makes them into 3 x 3-foot blocks. This company processes 100 tons of steel daily,” Anderson said.

In the commercial sphere, NAOS Theaters has begun putting in water

and sewer lines at their site adjacent to Wal-Mart. &#8220This will be a 27,922-square-foot complex with eight screens and 1,190 seats,” said Anderson. The inspector said a possible high-end apartment complex of 150 to 180 units to be built near the theater was &#8220under discussion.”

&#8220There are plans in place to put in a water

tower to service the theater

and any other development

in that area,” Anderson said.

Other new businesses in the by-pass/Wal-Mart area include Hook's Barbecue, which should be completed &#8220in the next month,” and El Rodeo, a Mexican restaurant.

&#8220If you look at the plans, you can see there are actually two restaurants in this building. One will be El Rodeo. The second, the developers are not sure about. Possibly Italian and possibly Japanese,” Anderson said.

Already open on Cahaba Road is Jerry and Holli Hawsey's new market, Tomatoes, Etc., featuring everything from fresh produce and dried spices to seafood and meats.

&#8220For anyone who hasn't been there yet, it is a really neat place to shop. We feel like they will get a lot of customers at that location,” Anderson said.

Plans for a David's Catfish Cabin and a retail center on the Greenville-Bypass (adjacent

to Cotton States) have been approved. &#8220David's, which will seat 200, will be on the left, with parking in the center, and a 6,000-square-foot retail center will be on the right. This will include a Little Caesar's Pizza,” Anderson said.

The Greenville By-Pass and Cahaba Road areas are not the only places seeing retail growth.

A second Dollar General store is coming to the down town area, Anderson said.

The 9,000-square-foot building will be located on E. Commerce St. near the courthouse, with no plans to close the existing Butler Square location.

&#8220I think this new location will get a lot of traffic from the east side of town,” Anderson said.

With the continued growth in the bypass area, the three-lane expansion is underway from New Searcy Road to the bridge, Anderson said, providing a center turn lane to motorists.

In residential development, Carlton Place, a new subdivision with 28 lots, has been approved for the Cloverdale area, located behind the Butler County Cooperative.

&#8220These will be single-family dwellings, and the developers are ready to start any day,” Anderson said.

The city inspector said an additional 14 lots have been approved on another part of Cloverdale. &#8220This area is really seeing a lot of growth right now.”

An additional three houses are under construction on Bell Street, Anderson said.

The inspector also said a new driving range was under construction at the former White Oaks Golf Club.

&#8220They've proposed a new 2,000-square-foot clubhouse, but they are actually working on the range, which is unlike anything else in the area,” Anderson said.

&#8220This will be a two-story driving range with a 40-foot net encompassing the entire structure. It's similar to ranges in Korea.”