Publisher will relocate in “exploding” Village of West Greenville
Community Journals, publisher of the Upstate Business Journal, Greenville Journal, At Home and TOWN magazine, announced this week its move to Greenville’s emerging Village of West Greenville.
After vacating its space in December 2013 at the Innovate Building on River Street downtown, Community Journals has been leasing temporary space at Church and Washington streets while making plans for the new space in the Village.
The publisher’s new headquarters will be in a 3,500-square-foot building located at the corner of Pendleton Street and Perry Avenue, directly across from Lily Pottery and in the same block as new Village residents Mac Arnold’s Plate Full O’ Blues, The Lash Bar and Clemson University’s Center for Visual Arts.
“When Community Journals was evaluating a new location, we saw an opportunity to become one of the first office entities in the Village,” said Ryan Johnston, associate publisher of UBJ. “We plan to use our products to help serve as a catalyst and further highlight the arts and culture community that’s exploding over there.”
“We’re essentially taking three abandoned buildings and creating one very open office space,” said Stuart Stenger, architect with Craig Gaulden Davis. “We’re keeping the exposed wood beams; it will have a clean color palette and will bring as much daylight into the space as possible with a clear skylight-type window in the middle of the space.”
The new offices will be a strong mix of exposed brick and character. A lot of “old with the new,” said Johnston. “We really enjoyed being in the Innovate Building and liked the feel of it, so we are somewhat replicating that.”
“Since it’s a total renovation project, we were really able to upfit [the space] to fit with our future needs, which are very different from when we first started the company 15 years ago,” said Mark Johnston, president and CEO of Community Journals. “Each of our products will now have its own space.”
“Due to all the exciting announcements in the Village of West Greenville there has been phenomenal interest in that part of town,” said Alexi Papapieris, broker for NAI Earle Furman. “We are receiving multiple calls a day on our listings in the area. The majority of space still available needs considerable building renovations, but it’s still a great opportunity for an investor or a small business owner looking to get in before the area really takes off.”
The new space will also house Community Journals’ newest venture, Community Creative, a new marketing services group, said Ryan Johnston. There will be a video production studio, with a living room-type setting, similar to Michelin on Main, where he says Community Journals will “conduct video interviews across all brands that we can leverage and utilize as we grow more into the digital space.”
Construction is underway and is expected to be completed in August 2014 with move-in anticipated in mid-September.
General Contractor: Mavin Construction
Architect: Craig Gaulden Davis
Financed By: Southern First Bank
Broker: NAI Earle Furman