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Wednesday, February 2, 2011

Electric Car Charging Stations in Greenville, Walmart FLW Tours, Blue Way Along Saluda River, Woodruff Rd Zoning

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 Charging Stations for Electric Cars

Photo By Can Atacan
For drivers of the new wave of electric vehicles, Greenville City has led the way in South Carolina by installing 16 charging stations around town. They are part of more than 80 locations statewide installed by Plug In Carolina, a nonprofit sponsored by major utility companies. Preparation of the infrastructure for a surge in electric cars over the next three years is probably the biggest challenge facing public adoption of these cars, and this is the start to the process.

The charging stations in Greenville are mostly located in parking garages around the city and will be free for the first three years as the demand ramps up. The parking fee more than covers the charging costs, and promotes garage usage. On average it will cost less than $1 to charge an electric hybrid car and $2-4 to charge an all electric one. Charging at a public station is faster too, taking about 4 hours for a Chevy Volt which is a hybrid model. Theses types of cars also will be able to find the charging stations by their navigation systems. Get ready for the future America: these electric stations are 100% domestic – all the equipment and power comes from a US source.

Fishy Business

Three years after the Bassmaster Classic brought in a lot of anglers and attention to Greenville and Lake Hartwell, another big fishing event is on the calendar. The Walmart FLW Tours, which rivals the Bassmaster tournament, will take place March 23-27 on Lake Hartwell. There will also be trade show and daily weigh-in at the Carolina First Center in Greenville. The even is expected to draw 300 anglers, 500 support staff, 5,000 fans, and should generate $2.5-4.0 million in economic impact.

Blue Way along Saluda River

There's discussion among county managers for a blue trail along the Saluda River that will start at the Saluda Dam and eventually run 63 miles all the way to Greenwood. A push for an initial 27 mile section from the dam to Ware Shoals is being led by Anderson County Parks and Recreation, who have already purchased land for two access points to the river and are working with land owners for portage access agreements. ReWa, the Greenville County water utility suggested that the water treatment sites along the river could act as potential put-in and take-out points. Since budgets restraints are common right now, the project may take some time to complete, but what a pearl the Upstate will have when it's finished!
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Woodruff Road Zoning
The latest controversy over how to use residential property at Woodruff and Godfrey Roads ended Tuesday after Greenville County Council voted to allow an office development plan, albeit a smaller version than the one requested. Council approved a 3,500 square foot development rather than the 18,000 square feet in the original plans, which falls in line with the East Woodruff Road Area Plan approved in 2008. The area under consideration has long been considered a residential area but is along a busy four lane Woodruff Road, with prominent commercial pockets within a half-mile at both Five Forks and Highway 14.

Greenville SC Weather
Greenville Weather
Last Saturday was one of those WOW days in the winter as the temperature hit 70 and the sun was brilliant. It looks like we'll see the southern edge of the tremendous winter storm that is raking the north, but expect only rain and colder temperatures above freezing. Clearing up for the weekend with highs in the mid 50s though!