The long-vacant Brandon Mill on Draper Street in the Village of West Greenville could see new life, as Georgia-based developer Pace Burt now has it under contract.
Burt embarked on a similar project in 2005, renovating the Monaghan Mill on Smythe Street by turning the run-down property into high-end, loft-style apartments named the Lofts of Greenville. His company is also currently renovating the Skylar Building and the Mayfair Mill Lofts, both in Spartanburg.
“I’ve been watching the Greenville market and how dynamic it is,” said Burt. “We like taking a risk and we think that part of Greenville is worth taking a risk in.”
Burt said he had looked at the Brandon Mill several years ago, but at that time it was under contract with a developer who wanted to do low-end apartments. That didn’t pan out and Burt says the timing now couldn’t be better.
The Brandon Mill project will be called the West Village Lofts, Burt said. The 400,000-square-foot building will be converted to approximately 150 1,500-square-foot New-York style lofts with open floor plans, exposed brick and 18-foot ceilings. The community will feature a swimming pool, fitness center and outdoor green spaces, he said.
Burt intends to integrate the property with the artist vibe of the surrounding community, offering a small gallery and museum on the first floor of the mill to showcase local artists. He also plans to donate a 24,000-square-foot warehouse on the property that can be used for artist space and workshops, including glassblowing and pottery areas.
“It’s going to take support from a lot of different people,” said Burt, who added that he already has the backing of other businesses in the Village of West Greenville, Greenville County, banks and the surrounding community.
Burt said the project is currently undergoing an environmental assessment. He hopes to close on the property in 90-120 days. Once that is completed, engineering and architectural work can begin. He anticipates the entire project will be completed within two years.