Camperdown tenant announcements forthcoming as construction gets underway

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The former site of the Greenville News, demolished in June 2017, will be incorporated into the mixed-use Camperdown development downtown. Rendering by Centennial American Properties.

Within the next 60 days, the restaurant, retail, and office tenants for the 4-acre Camperdown development at South Main and Broad streets should be ready to announce as construction gets underway, says Brody Glenn, owner of the property’s developer, Greenville-based Centennial American Properties.

The tenants will be a combination of new-to-market and local concepts, Glenn says.

Construction on the underground parking garage, which will be serviced by a central valet station and self-parking, should be completed in June. The apartment and office building should break ground midsummer, and construction of the AC Hotel should begin later this summer, he says.

“Everything’s finally coming together,” Glenn says.

The first restaurant tenant announcement came last week. Local restaurant group Larkin’s Restaurants has signed a lease for the 6,000-square-foot, second-floor location of the building also occupied by The Greenville News at East Broad and Falls streets.

Access to the new restaurant, the concept of which has not been disclosed, will be from Broad Street, but the views will be on all four sides, looking out over the future Camperdown plaza, as well as Broad, Main, and Falls streets.

Restaurant co-owner Larkin Hammond says the space includes a patio, dining for 250 guests, private dining for 40 to 45 guests, and a conceptual kitchen/dining room.

The result will be unlike anything in Greenville, she says.

The lease for Larkin’s on the River, 318 S. Main St., is up in 2022, but Hammond says this new concept will not be taking its place regardless of future plans.

The Camperdown development includes the 140-room AC Hotel from Auro Hotels, which has been through multiple design revisions; a 217-unit, mixed-use apartment building by Daniel Corp. that became the subject of what Glenn says is unfounded speculation since construction appeared to halt earlier this year; and about 80,000 square feet of retail, 150,000 square feet of office space, and 18 condominiums between the four buildings that will border the property.

Glenn says he has spent considerable time looking at downtown developments, such as the Hyatt, Peace Center, and RiverPlace, that have significantly changed Greenville to make sure the Camperdown project was in keeping with what the leaders have done before. A main concern is keeping downtown walkable and pedestrian-friendly, and connecting downtown and the West End.

“I knew we could make it all those things but didn’t want it to be different than what it’s been in the past,” he says.

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