Will Ice on Main have to move to new Greenville location? Developer makes request

Developer Windsor Aughtry's plans for a new restaurant and plaza space downtown garnered some less-than-pleased initial reactions at a City Council briefing Monday afternoon, despite ultimately winning councilmembers' support.

Developer Bo Aughtry submitted plans to City Council for two new restaurants that will replace Rick Erwin’s Nantucket Seafood and turn the outdoor plaza space by City Hall into an outdoor venue that will occupy about one-third of the space.

The changes will relocate Ice on Main, the outdoor skating rink that the city sets up in the heart of downtown every winter.

At issue was the city's agreement with Windsor Aughtry Company. The agreement allows the city to use the plaza 15 days a year for 20 years, a deal struck in 2008, as well as additional days for Ice on Main and events like Artisphere, Aughtry said.

Opening day of United Community Bank Ice on Main in downtown Greenville, Friday, November 12, 2021.
Opening day of United Community Bank Ice on Main in downtown Greenville, Friday, November 12, 2021.

With new plans for the property in hand, Windsor Aughtry would like to cancel the use agreement, Aughtry told City Council Monday.

Some councilmembers responded with confusion about what the developer was requesting.

According to Aughtry, the city would be trading 100 days of zero availability for two-thirds of the space being available every day of the year.

"That's all we want," Mayor Knox White said.

Councilmember John DeWorken said he was initially concerned about the loss of green space because he knows people use the plaza.

But seeing that most of the plaza would still be available, "I feel good about it. It's a big space," DeWorken said.

Councilmember Ken Gibson said he just wanted to make sure the city could use the space when needed under new agreement terms.

City staff will ultimately bring the matter back before City Council for agreement.

More on the proposed development: Nantucket Seafood moving, two new restaurants planned, revamped outdoor space

Macon Atkinson is the city watchdog reporter for The Greenville News. She's powered by long runs and strong coffee. Follow her on Twitter @maconatkinson.

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