LANDRUM — The new Claiborne development, within walking distance of downtown Landrum, is scheduled to be complete by 2026.
It’s the first subdivision being built in the city in 20 years. Like most areas in Spartanburg County, the city is experiencing growth, so the need for new affordable housing is on the rise.
Another development on South Shamrock Avenue just outside city limits will add another 170 new homes to the area. In 2022, the city approved new criteria for developments by reducing lot sizes to 10,000 square feet.
Landrum, located in northern Spartanburg County, has about 2,500 residents.
Over the past year, about 40 new homes have been built on smaller lots in the city. Mayor Bob Briggs said the city expects additional development in the future.
“Our whole thought on growth is a lot of people just want things to remain the same,” Briggs said. “It’s not really possible. Things are changing all around us. If things are going to change, we want to be involved in change and work with people to come up with a plan that benefits everybody.”
The newly adopted Flexible Review District allows the city to work with developers on lot density and how to best manage green space. As part of the Claiborne development agreement, nearly 19 of the 80 acres at the site were donated to the city for green space. Construction at Claiborne is scheduled to begin in summer 2024 and will include 155 homes bounded by South Randolph Avenue, West Jones Street and West Rutherford Street.
Spivey Creek runs through center of the property. Two separate communities being developed at the site by South Tyger Properties will include single family homes separated by the creek. The development will include walking trails, pickleball courts, an open pavilion and a playground.
David Richey has been a developer with South Tyger Properties for the past 18 years. South Tyger Properties also recently developed 56 new townhome units off East Main Street near Phillips Road just east of Spartanburg.
“There hasn’t been a lot of new housing in Landrum,” Richey told The Post and Courier. “They have been wanting new housing opportunities there.”
Richey said 72 homes will be constructed on one side of Spivey Creek with another 83 homes built on the opposite side of the creek. South Tyger Properties worked with the city to develop the project’s overall design. The site was recently cleared for the new development.
“The city was concerned on how the site would be developed and got involved with the master plan,” Richey said. “They wanted to have some trees remain and what the density per acre would be. We are still leaving a lot of trees.”
The square footage of the homes will be between 1,800 and 3,010 square feet. The homes will be market rate with no subsidized or low-cost housing.
The city’s population growth has declined over the past 30 years. Landrum City Council has addressed the need over the past few years to provide more housing within city limits to help increase the city’s population and property tax revenues.