70 lofts, arts incubator planned for Spartanburg’s Arcadia Mill No. 1

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Georgia developer Pace Burt is ready to move forward with a redevelopment of Spartanburg County's 114-year-old Arcadia Mill No. 1.

A 114-year-old textile mill in Spartanburg County will soon breathe new life.

Georgia-based developer Pace Burt said he plans to move forward with a $9 million renovation of the 200,000 square-foot Arcadia Mill No. 1 at 1875 Hayne St.

The project will include about 70 high-end loft apartments and a 20,000-square-foot, two-story arts incubator named the Creativity Mill that will be developed in partnership with the Chapman Cultural Center.

“I’m very excited,” said Burt, who has successfully completed renovations of several historic buildings in the Upstate, including Mayfair Mills and Church Street Lofts in Spartanburg, and the West Village Lofts at Brandon Mill in Greenville.

“Arcadia was a very difficult building to deal with because we had to demolish about 175,000 square feet of newer additions to get back to the original structure of the mill.”

In May, Burt sold the 107-unit Mayfair Mills complex at 100 W. Cleveland St., just down the road from Arcadia No. 1 to Charleston-based Mayfair Apartments of SC LLC for $10.59 million.

At the time, Burt said he planned to use the funds to renovate the Arcadia facility, which has sat vacant for the past 16 years.

The developer acquired both sites from Spartanburg businessman Jimmy Gibbs in 2004.

Four years later, Burt completed an $8 million rehab of the West Cleveland Street property to transform it into apartments blending history with modern urban appeal.

In late 2012, Burt began moving forward with plans for the Hayne Street property.

Some of the plant’s construction from the 1970s was demolished and removed, exposing the original shell of the building, comprised of brick and large windows.

”It took a little while, but we’re ready to move forward,” Burt said.

A site plan filed with the county showed the facility will have ample parking and a pool.

 

Jennifer Evins, president and CEO of the Chapman Cultural Center, said Burt first approached the Arts Partnership of Greater Spartanburg in 2012. He planned to gift a portion of the building for an arts studio.

County Council voted in 2015 to utilize a community development block grant to help move the project forward, Evins said.

Plans for the space have been in progress for the past two years as federal and state historic preservation offices were reviewing Burt’s plan.

The arts complex will feature co-working space for local artists and a “maker space” for ceramics, metal, and glass.

It will have a climbing wall, dance studio, and practice studios for musicians.

Evins said the facility will be geared towards teaching local artists about entrepreneurship.

She said it will also focus on reaching out to artists in Spartanburg’s Latino and Hispanic communities. She said the community surrounding the mill is the fastest-growing Hispanic census tract in South Carolina.

Evins said officials have held meetings with members of community to receive feedback about what they’d like to see at the facility.

“We want to make sure this building is not just something we want, but what the community wants,” she said. “This is so exciting.”

Evins said Spartanburg-based McMillan Pazdan Smith Architecture designed the space. The construction contract has been awarded to Spartanburg-based Clayton Construction Co.

She said about $350,000 of the $500,000 needed for the first phase of the arts facility has already been raised.

Evins anticipates the first phase will be completed before the end of 2018, while the second phase could be finished in 2019.

According to the mill’s National Register of Historic Places filing, it was founded in 1903 by Dr. Henry Arthur Ligon, a local pharmacist and banker, with financial backing from Spartanburg’s Manning and Cleveland families.

Joseph Sirrine, a prominent architect and engineer in South Carolina’s textile industry, designed the mill.

During the Great Depression, the mill and its sister facility off West Cleveland Street were sold to Joshua Baily of New York, who named both facilities after the Mayfair Hotel in New York.

In 1947, Frederick Baily Dent became president of the mill operations. He served in that role until he became the U.S. Secretary of Commerce in 1973.

The mill shuttered in 2001.

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