Over the past few years, church leadership has sought to address the lack of meeting space at our Downtown campus in Greenville. One possible solution that has been proposed is to contribute the parking lot parcel adjacent to the church building to a developer, who would build on the property, and in turn, Grace would own several floors to utilize as meeting space for students and other church gatherings. A potential design was recently brought before the City of Greenville’s Design Review Board, which offered support for the design.
What is the purpose of the building?
To serve our people well, we need space. Our desire is to contribute property that is neither efficient nor needed as parking in order to gain space that will be effective in helping us make disciples. Using the proposed design or something similar will serve our needs as well as create an opportunity for a developer to build additional space for office and residential owners and tenants.
Where is parking?
The current design provides parking on the street level for owners and tenants. Grace would continue to use the Poinsett parking garage and other available downtown parking.
We agree that gentrification is one of the primary crises faced by the marginalized and under-resourced in the Upstate. In an effort to be part of the solution, Grace has invested significant financial resources, staffing, and volunteer effort with the following organizations:
In addition, Grace has invested $16 million dollars to establish Front Porch Housing through the purchase of the former Greenville Tech’s student housing development, which will provide an affordable, supportive housing community to over 400 people within the City of Greenville. Read more about our mission for Front Porch Housing here.
Grace employs over 25 staff members who specifically serve the vulnerable in our communities through our Outreach and Care & Recovery departments.
Will church leadership live in the building?
No. Our small portion of the building would be used for meetings, classes, and other ministry gatherings.
If you have any questions or concerns, please reach out to us at [email protected].
As a church, our desire is to be a good steward of our financial resources so that we can get involved in people’s lives, meet their needs, and help them grow in their relationship with Christ—especially those who are struggling to keep up with the rising cost of living in Greenville and the rest of the Upstate.