Easley SC Could Grow by 10%
September 11, 2020
Easley's population could grow by 10 percent in the coming yearsMike Ellis
The Greenville News
Easley is going through its biggest boom in years, and new housing permitted or planned since the start of last year could add 10 percent to the population of the city.
Easley, with a population of 21,000, has 1,039 housing units permitted or on deck in the last 15 months.
The units could bring more than 2,100 people to Easley in the next five years, based on the city's apartment and home population estimates, which are more conservative than U.S. Census figures.
Easley had an average of 142 units built per year from 2015 to 2018.
It will take several years for some of the homes and townhouses to become available, and Easley has been working to make sure utilities and roads can handle all the new people, said city manager Stephen Steese.
He credits the boom to Easley's location near Greenville and Clemson, as well as its status as a municipality that can provide utilities and recreation opportunities like the Doodle Trail and parks.
"Developers see that and see it as a good place to be," Steese said.
The 1,039 new units since January 2018 include 537 that are permitted and considered active and 502 that have not been permitted but have gone through preliminary planning stages with city officials.
The active units include five subdivisions or townhomes with more than 65 homes or townhomes and 11 total developments of at least 18 lots.
The ones that are still finishing plans include two apartment complexes expected to have 240 and 128 units. Those final submissions are expected as soon as a month or as late as three months, according to a city Powerpoint presentation.
Having a permit is not the same as having a new housing unit — an apartment, a home or a condo. But it is an indication that Easley is experiencing tremendous growth.
Some of the homes are already near completion or have finished this year. Others will not be finished with construction for as long as five years as subdivisions take time to fill out, said Blake Sanders, planning director for Easley.
The new units have various price ranges.
Waterford Apartments lists rent starting at $750 a month, and prices in Crestgate subdivision go from the high $200,000s to the $400,000s, according to builder Mungo Homes' website.
The average permitted cost of single lot homes, which may differ from the actual cost, over the last five years is $190,000 in the city.
Anderson County, with a population of nearly 200,000 people, had 1,232 new units permitted in 2018, according to a report provided by the county. Anderson County's figures do not include projects that have received preliminary but not final approval.
List of developments
Active subdivisions, townhomes or apartments
- Arbor Springs subdivision - 31 single family lots
- Crestgate subdivision - 22 single family lots
- Forest Brook subdivision phase II - 67 single family lots
- Meadowridge subdivision - 32 single family lots
- Sheffield Village - 88 townhomes
- Stonehurst Plantation subdivision - 66 single family lots
- Town at Park Ridge - 81 townhomes
- Waterford Apartments - 24 apartments
- Towns at Pope Field - 85 townhomes
- Trailside Affordable Housing - 18 single family lots
Preliminary plans but not formally submitted
- Unnamed development 1 - 66 townhomes
- Unnamed development 2 - 68 townhomes
- Unnamed apartments - 240 apartments
- Unnamed apartments - 128 apartments