Hampton Station development brings new vision to a century-old West Greenville warehouse
In West Greenville, transformation is underway no matter where you turn. Construction crews are abuzz, turning once-vacant parcels of land and dilapidated buildings into condos, townhouses or businesses.
A tall water tower, visible from Pete Hollis Boulevard, serves as a beacon to a cotton storage warehouse built in 1919. That warehouse, located in the middle of an area informally dubbed the “Water Tower District,” is set to become a multi-use destination called Hampton Station.
The property is at 1320 Hampton Ave., just down the road from the popular Swamp Rabbit Café and Grocery. Thirty years ago the cotton warehouse was enclosed with metal cladding, hiding an interior that features exposed brick and wood beams. The property sat vacant for more than six years, until a group of local investors saw the potential in the 100,000 square feet of space.
Historic and revitalization tax credits are helping to maximize the reuse of the existing building materials. The new facades on the building will be repurposed floorboards that were removed, said Rob Howell, principal with Avison Young, the commercial real estate firm managing and leading the transformation of the property. Exposed brick walls, wood beams, glass roll-up doors, skylights, open-air walkways and large open spaces will provide character and history to a mixture of businesses, he said.
“We wanted to create something cool in a vacant building that has a 100-year history,” Howell said, plus help bring jobs and a reinvestment into the community.
Several tenants have already signed on, he said. Birds Fly South Ale Project announced in January it would be an anchor tenant, setting up its brewery in approximately 9,000 square feet of space. The brewery is expected to open this summer and offer a tasting room with roll-up doors, a stage for live music and brewery space, brewer and owner Shawn Johnson told UBJ.
Dapper Ink, a custom printer and outfitter with offices on Wade Hampton Boulevard near The Community Tap, will also be relocating to Hampton Station. Matt Moreau, who co-owns the company with his wife, Jen, says the move will take them from about 1,700 square feet to 5,000 square feet and will give the company “a fresh start for a new creative environment.”
“It’s going to be great to be part of a new community,” Moreau said.
Other announced tenants include Lion’s Roar CrossFit, which has already begun holding classes while its space is under construction, and Invert Skate Shop. Others, including office tenants, aren’t ready to be named yet, but Howell said the interest is good so far.
Howell says the partnership is also looking to attract artists seeking affordable studio space, along with a co-working company and “indie and start-up businesses” such as food businesses and restaurants.
“We already have a great start with the brewery, the gym and Dapper Ink,” said Howell. “We would love a high-end butcher or meat and cheese provider.” Since there are few residential neighbors, a music venue would work well. “The project has some ideal spaces for a music venue and indoor recreation facilities,” he said.
On-site recreational amenities, including a dog park and family-oriented playground, are also planned. While Hampton Station sits near the Greenville Health System Swamp Rabbit Trail, it’s not directly on it, so the team is currently working with Greenville County on a possible extension. A portion of the property, currently overgrown with kudzu, will make way for additional parking.
For more information, visit hamptonstation.com.