SeamonWhiteside, a full-service land design firm with offices throughout the Carolinas, is playing a key role in the development of a mixed-use property, The McClaren, and the preservation of a culturally significant African American medical clinic in downtown Greenville.
“The McClaren will transform an underutilized site into a top-notch multi-use development while preserving and highlighting a significant piece of Greenville’s African American history,” explains Rick Schroder, director of business development in SeamonWhiteside’s Greenville office. “We’re excited and honored to play a role in this community-shaping project.”
SeamonWhiteside is providing various services including landscape architecture, civil engineering, 3D modeling, and permit coordination, and also developed plans for the preservation of the medical clinic building and fountain designs.
Located at the corner of Rhett and Wardlaw streets, the 9-story complex will offer 244 luxury apartments, 20 percent of which will be dedicated to workforce and affordable housing, along with 430 valet parking spots, roof terraces and an expansive pool. The mixed-use space features 14,000 square feet of retail space.
The McClaren gets its name from The McClaren Medical Shelter that is located next to the property and the doctor who built the facility next to his home to accommodate African Americans who were turned away from Greenville General Hospital.
Dr. E. E. McClaren was an African American physician in Greenville during the Jim Crow era who funded and built the clinic at 110 Wardlaw Street in 1949.
Due to the culturally significant nature of this structure and the story of self-sacrifice of Dr. McClaren, the developer decided to save the structure, leasing it to a nonprofit organization.
SeamonWhiteside (SW+) is a full-service land design firm providing master planning, civil engineering, landscape architecture, urban design, land development management services and permit coordination to public and private clients throughout the Carolinas. SW+ believes that crafting great places is achieved by blending a deep understanding of a client’s vision, strong relationships, collaborative design, and a passionate team. This approach results in innovative spaces that enrich lives and leave a lasting legacy for future generations. Headquartered in Mount Pleasant, South Carolina, SeamonWhiteside also has offices in Summerville, Greenville, Spartanburg and Charlotte, North Carolina. For more information on SW+, visit www.seamonwhiteside.com.