How you can help design Greenville’s Airport District

The 15-year master plan is currently in the early stages of development and design.


GMU’s been taking flight since 1928. | Photo by the City of Greenville

The City of Greenville has a new focus area known as the “Airport District,” encompassing the area between Pleasantburg Drive and Haywood Road (south of I-385 and north of Laurens Road), with the Greenville Downtown Airport (GMU) and Greenville Convention Center as its anchors.


What do you want to see in this area? | Map via the City of Greenville

What are they focused on?

In 2023, city leaders will craft a 15-year master plan that pairs the city’s economic development goals with the logistical requirements of developing around an airport.

The consulting team at CallisonRTKL — a global architecture, planning, and design company — is offering its expertise. Peek at some of the firm’s airport-related designs in other markets.

While the city explores how to best support growth around the airport to support more recreation and commerce opportunities, GMU is also focused on its growth, with plans to work with the FAA on improvements and additional resources to its runways and facilities.

How can I get involved?

After last month’s public visioning session, which gave Greenvillians a chance to be heard early in the planning process, it’s time to develop more detailed plans.

A two-day charrette (read: design session) kicks off Tuesday, April 25 at the Greenville Convention Center (Room 104B).

Residents can speak with the city’s planners, designers, market specialists, and engineers to help create detailed designs for different areas in the Airport District.

Want to participate? Join the all-day sessions from 9 a.m. to 6 p.m., or swing by after work for a daily summary and public comment session from 5 to 6 p.m.

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