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67 G r e e r Community Master Plan With the proximity to the working railroads the area south of Greer Station tends to support lower rents and to be less desirable for investment and development despite being close to Greer Stations retailrestaurant core. Much of the area has remained industrial and over the years several buildings have been torn down and others left vacant. The area is an important catalyst to the areas growth and many of the older industrial buildings have potential to be rehabilitated into unique interesting spaces. A frequent talking point among residents and community leaders was the need to leverage the citys history and growing interest in the arts by creating a cluster of activity near downtown. The Greer Civic Master Plan recommends that the area between the rail lines become the focal point of a new Greer Arts District. The Arts District could reinvigorate the area south of Greer Station and contribute to the critical mass of businesses employees and residents in and around downtown. While safety codes cannot be relaxed the city should be open to a greater variety of structures and flexibility of uses within the Arts District. Redevelopment Development of the Arts District could occur by renovating warehouses and industrial buildings or creating open flexible structures that lend themselves to artisan studios workspaces and loft housing. Proximity to the rail lines would likely would keep lease rates low which should allow the district to remain viable and less susceptible to gentrification as it becomes trendy. The separation from Greer Station by the rail lines also provides a natural transition line between the more contemporary building materials and forms of the Arts District and the more traditional historic form of Greer Station. As the district takes shape additional roadway connections such as a connection between the rail lines from South Main Street to Trade Street may be desired. Sidewalk Improvements Recent sidewalk improvements along Trade Street should be extended across the rail lines to the Arts District. While the citys standard sidewalk treatment should be extended other urban design features such as benches and lighting could take on a different character in the Arts District. The railroad crossing provides an opportunity for more artistic warning devices and urban design amenities. Arts District