While the large sign along Poinsett Highway says "Welcome to Greenville," most people passing the Cherrydale area don't realize it isn't officially part of the city.
That appears to be changing. Business property owners are petitioning for annexation into the City of Greenville. The request includes 96.122 acres of real property and a 30-acre of right-of-way for a total of 126.122 acres.
"City Council prioritized annexation," said senior development planner Austin Rutherford. "We can provide a lot of benefits to areas surrounding the city."
The Planning Commission will make a zoning recommendation at its Feb. 1 meeting. Annexation requires a public hearing and two readings before City Council. The first reading and public hearing will be on Feb. 12; the final reading is scheduled for Feb. 26.
According to state law, the City may annex a defined boundary when it receives a petition for annexation from at least 75 percent of the property owners owning at least 75 percent of the assessed value sign for annexation. The petition exceeds both requirements.
The annexation includes the city’s first Ingles, ALDI and Hobby Lobby. Other businesses include Ross, TJ Maxx, Burlington, Old Navy, Ulta Beauty, Chick-fil-a, Atlanta Bread Company, Olive Garden, First Class HALT, among many others. The Henkel industrial facility will also be included. No existing residential is included.
"Those annexed," Rutherford said, "will typically see a property tax savings, quicker emergency response, as well as a one-third reduction in water rates.”
If approved, most property owners will see a reduction in taxes, and all businesses will have reduced water rates. The newly annexed area would be served by City Police and Fire Departments, which have faster average emergency responses times. Property owners also will be eligible for other city benefits related to economic development, stormwater and traffic engineering.
Soon this "Welcome to Greenville" sign might actually be located inside the city limits.
The Cherrydale annexation request totals 126 acres.
Businesses that would be part of the annexation include Ingles, ALDI, Hobby Lobby, Ross, TJ Maxx, Burlington, Old Navy and more.