Executive Summary

Greenville County is seeking a partner in the largest in-fill economic development initiative to take place in award–winning Downtown Greenville’s recent history. The County is looking for a qualified real estate development team to strategically acquire, demolish, and redevelop up to 37.4± acres of County government owned property located on University Ridge in the City of Greenville, South Carolina. In addition to detailing a stunning, intensive mixed-used development for the entire site, proposals shall include a detailed scheme for the location and possible construction of a new County government administrative office facility on the identified property. Adequate investment intensity, connectivity to the City of Greenville’s downtown, traffic control, and parking is essential to the success of the site development plan.

Development Highlights:
The primary objectives for the development of the County’s University Ridge campus are as follows:
  • High Quality Development and Management
  • Intensive, High Density Urban Land-Usage
  • Aesthetically Striking and Appealing Urban Building, Hardscape, and Landscape Design
  • Thoughtful Consideration for the Replacement of a County Administrative Office Facility
  • Connectivity to Downtown Greenville, Adjacent Parks, Trails and Surrounding Properties
  • Distinct Sense of Place, Including Walkability, Greenspace and Public Gathering Spaces
  • Adequate Parking and Vehicular and Pedestrian Traffic Circulation
  • Significant Positive Community Impact

The County seat, commonly referred to as "County Square" is located at 301 University Ridge on a high hill overlooking the Reedy River and the popular Falls Park within the heart of the City of Greenville's award winning downtown and one block off of Main Street. In addition to County Square, the County also owns 300 University Ridge and 302 University Ridge on the western side of the street, which, at developer discretion, could also be included in the acquisition and site planning. In total, the County’s University Ridge campus currently comprises more than 37.4 acres and 1,952 parking spaces.

  1. Parcel A--301 University Ridge (Tax Map #0069000300300, 0069000300301, and 0069000300303) is comprised 30.443 acres including 289,000 square feet of building space and 1,565 parking spaces. This parcel houses County administrative offices, some 3rd party tenant space on annual lease agreements, and some State government social services, including a separate Family Court facility. Additionally, a single-party lessee, Cobb Tire, occupies a small separate facility on the parcel, which is on an annual lease renewal agreement.
  2. Parcel B--302 University Ridge (Tax Map #0091010200100, 0091010700100, and 0091010700200) is comprised of 3.719 acres including one 77,344 square feet building currently housing the State’s Greenville County Health Department and regional administration offices. The site also boasts 162 parking spaces.
  3. Parcel C--300 University Ridge(Tax Map #0091010100100)—is comprised of 3.347 acres and a 48,596 square feet of leased office space. The building leases currently include a General Services Administration, Office of Hearing and Appeals court space, a South Carolina Department of Motor Vehicles office, and a law firm attached to the federal court operation. GSA's lease could expire at the lessee's request at any time with 60 days' notice. The firm expiration date is 9/30/2019. SCDMV's lease expires on 6/30/2018. The Pilzer Law firm's lease is co-terminus with GSA with a 60 day notice or 9/30/2019.
Current Land Use for the University Ridge Campus Properties
Parcel Mailing Address Tax Map ID Land-Use
A 301 University Ridge 0069000300300 421 Office General
0069000300301 6800 Commercial Vacant
0069000300303 332 Automotive Service Center
B 302 University Ridge 0091010200100 421 Office General
0091010700100 1180 Residential Vacant
0091010700200 371 Parking Lot
C 300 University Ridge 0091010100100 421 Office General


County Square administrative functions and 3rd party tenants currently account for nearly 400 daily employees, a number expected to increase to 500 personnel by 2035. These administrative services draw more than 400,000 visitors a year to the University Ridge campus throughout the business day, and to early evening public hearing and County Council meetings. Options to share parking and stager employee leave times could be explored to improve traffic flow or patronage of other development attractions.

More information about Greenville County, the City of Greenville and the downtown area are available in COMMUNITY RESOURCES.

Anticipated Project Schedule:
January 24 - Advertise for Development Proposals
February 9 - Pre-Submission Conference
February 16 - Deadline to Submit All Questions
February 24 - Responses to All Submitted Questions Posted
April 6 - Responses Due
April 27 - Evaluation of Responses
May 25 - Top Candidate Presentations
June 1 - Award