What only two months ago was a barren and muddy expanse along Laurens Road just outside the Mauldin city limits is now quickly taking shape as the area's newest residential complex.
Developers of The Vinings at ICAR said that the apartment complex will be completed by June and open for prospective tenants according to its developer, the Easlan Investment Group Inc. of Greenville.
The gated apartment community located at 3434 Laurens Road across from the Clemson University International Center for Automotive Research (CU-ICAR), just outside the city's northern limits, will have nine, three-story buildings on the 16.5 acre site.
The 244 multi-family units will consist of 86 one-bedroom units; 74 two-bedroom units; 42 two-bedroom units with basements; and 42 three-bedroom units.
Monthly rents at The Vinings will range from $765 to $1,100, with apartment sizes ranging from 735 square feet to 1,362 square feet, according to the developer.
Amenities will include a swimming pool, fitness center, playground, car-care center, detached garages, wi-fi in the clubhouse and pool areas, a "cyber cafe," grilling stations, a dog park, and detached storage units.
With the new development, continued business growth at CU-ICAR, and the development of another large apartment complex and businesses just down the road at Verdae, Mauldin city officials are beginning to look at possible ways of capitalizing on north-end growth, The Greenville News reported.
One of City Council's goals for the upcoming year is to more actively pursue a relationship with CU-ICAR and diversify the city's tax base with new spin-off businesses that could serve it, including new hotels, restaurants and manufacturers, the paper reported.
“They’re getting ready to explode over there,” Councilwoman Patricia Gettys was quoted as saying. “That particular area is just going to go crazy.”
“I want to promote businesses up on the north side of town, like hotels, restaurants and things that will serve ICAR,” Councilman Scott Crosby added. Mayor Dennis Raines, the paper added, wants to increase the amount of city revenues derived through business property taxes, fees, and licenses from the current 44 percent to 60 percent.
You can read more on the city's interest in north-end development here.
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