When the good folks at Condé Nast Traveler named Greenville the No. 3 small city in America, I’m sure they really wanted to put our fair city up at No. 1, but one thing prevented them: what GVL really needed to set itself apart was a self-storage facility smack in the heart of the West End.
And if one company has its way, that’s exactly what’s going to happen.
TD Self Storage Enterprises LLC has submitted plans to the Board of Zoning Appeals to build a proposed Class A+ Interior Self Storage and Mixed Use Development at 101 O’Neal Street. And it’s all just hop, skip, and a jump from the tony new Link West End Apartments, among other new much-ballyhooed developments.
Seriously, we’d recommend almost anything to stop the onslaught of big money apartment high-rises, but this isn’t what we had in mind — no matter if it comes complete with a brand-new understaffed restaurant and yet another twee coffee shop.
Greenville’s been beset by a rash of self-storage facilities lately, and so far, no one seems willing to appeal any municipal ointment to make it go away. Maybe this is the final straw. Let’s see what the BZA says.
But in the meantime, you might want to consider contacting Mayor White himself. He flipped on 55 Camperdown, he just might flip on this. — Wyatt Duvall