McBee Station is an infill mixed-use development that includes 197 apartments, 22 condominiums, a one-acre bank site, 500 parking spaces in a two-level garage, 165 surface parking spaces, and 79,716 square feet of retail space, anchored by Publix and Staples. As the first major development located off the Main Street corridor and adjacent to the Haynie-Sirrine neighborhood, the project served as a bridge between the Haynie community and downtown. In fact, a portion of the overall project involved creating a road between the site and the Main Street area to alleviate existing hazardous pedestrian traffic issues. Additional financial participation by the City of Greenville addressed infrastructure improvements to the site (streetscape, traffic signals, and stormwater components), directly answering community issues noted in the Haynie Master Plan.
The development enabled the first grocery retailer to serve the downtown residential community and the first office supply retailer to serve the downtown business community. Mayor Knox White of Greenville said, “A grocery store is needed downtown to serve about 2,000 people who live in the central business district, as well as neighborhoods bordering downtown. A downtown grocery store is a must.” At closing, the project was estimated to create 227 construction jobs and 189 permanent jobs in a LIC that demonstrated a 30.2% poverty rate while serving as a true catalyst project for the City.