Guided by a select steering committee of local leaders, downtown stakeholders, and area residents and representing the culmination of nine months of sustained public outreach and engagement, this design for the future of Morgan Square provides an opportunity to maximize the space's potential as Downtown Spartanburg's premier public gathering space.
Enhancements include permanent pedestrianizing the sections of W Main and Dunbar streets along the square, creating festival streets that will both increase the functional size of Morgan Square and create a cohesive feel across the entire space. Additionally, an enlarged performance lawn at the square's eastern end will have adjacent public restrooms and a staffed visitor kiosk, and a new stage orientation will allow upwards of 800 audience members to enjoy performances and will continue to serve as the home of longtime City events, such as Music on Main.
Other highlights include lounging terraces, a programmable water feature, bench swings, and an outdoor dining zone for adjacent restaurants, and a 70 percent increase in Morgan Square's total green space.
Morgan Square birdseye
Overhead view of Morgan Square facing east
Morgan Square eastern edge facing north
Ground level view facing north, shows structure housing public restrooms and visitor kiosk, along with performance lawn and conceptual seating and lighting options
Tori James LeRoy, Co-owner Two Doors Down clothing store
Manning Lynch, Spartanburg County Council Chair, Ex Officio
Jack McBride, Founder, and Chairman, Contec, Inc.
Raj Patel, Co-owner Cribbs Restaurant & Main St. Pub
Alex Powell, Johnson Development
Jerome Rice, Jr., Spartanburg Mayor, Ex Officio
Lauren Rogers, City Design Review Board Member
Betsy Teter, Founder Hub City Press
This ad hoc committee was established by Spartanburg City Council on July 25, 2022, to guide a design and public input process for physical enhancements to Morgan Square in Downtown Spartanburg in order to meet the changing needs of the City’s residents, business owners, and visitors.
Upon completion of its work, the Morgan Square Enhancement Committee approved a final design which was presented to City Council on August 28, 2023.