Is downtown going green?

Published 1:54 pm Friday, July 10, 2015

Residents may soon be enjoying a new green space in downtown Greenville.

On Monday, the Greenville City Council approved the purchase of a building along West Commerce Street, which is the next piece in city officials’ plan to create more green space downtown.

The building, located at 227 West Commerce St., is the third downtown building that the city has purchased in just more than a month.  In June, the city purchased buildings located at 208 and 206 West Commerce St. The city agreed to pay $23,000 for the latest property, which was once home to J&D Satellites.

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Greenville Mayor Dexter McLendon said all three buildings have deteriorated beyond repair and pose a safety hazard to the public. The city plans to tear the buildings down.

McLendon said removing the buildings will give that area of town a new look.

“We’re going to let (City Horticulturist) Jennifer (Stringer) work her magic,” McLendon said.

McLendon said the space will also free up more room for parking.

“We’re seeing more and more people downtown, and we need more parking,” he said. “Once we get those buildings down we’ll be able to upgrade the parking situation in that part of downtown. That space really isn’t very far from Sears and The Pineapple and several other businesses in that area. Once we get it done it’s going to be real nice.”


In other business:

  • The city adopted the five-year Southeast Alabama Regional Multi-Jurisdictional Hazard Mitigation Plan.
  • The council approved an off premises only retail alcoholic beverage license for the Greenville Marathon gas station on the Luverne Highway owned by Shane Langford Enterprises, LLC.
  • The council appointed Glenn P. Cooper to the Butler County Department of Revenue’s board of equalization.
  • The council appointed Anthony Barganier to the South Central Alabama Mental Health Board for a six year term ending April 1, 2021.


Approved the following expenditures:

  • $2,180 to Dr. Norman F. McGowin, III for physicals for firefighters
  • $4,587 to Lee Electric for a four-ton HVAC unit for the Greenville Animal Shelter kennel area
  • $8,516.27 to Haynes Emergency Lighting for equipment for police cars
  • $1,048 to Championship Trophy & Sporting Goods for spring and summer baseball and softball league trophies and awards
  • $3,466 to Greenville Glass Company for replacing the panic hardware and weather stripping on the front and rear doors of the YMCA
  • $1,555.17 to S&S Worldwide for Dunbar Day Camp supplies
  • $1,497.50 to Applied Synergy for 215 Dunbar Day Camp shirts
  • $3,860 to Sight, Sound and Security for equipment and labor to install a new sound system at Beeland Park and the Greenville Softball Complex
  • $5,242.58 to Allied Fence Company for parts and labor to install a fence with gates around the Greenville Softball Complex equipment storage building
  • $2,500 to Google Apps for an email host fee for one year for the City of Greenville accounts
  • $3,650 to Master Technology Solutions to set up, migrate and synchronize email accounts to Google Apps from


The Greenville City Council will hold its next meeting July 13 at 5:30 p.m. at City Hall.