As construction continues on Drayton Mill in Spartanburg, new residents have been slowly moving in and more things are still to come.
The first part of the 16-acre redevelopment project has been the 500,000-square-foot 289-unit luxury apartment community called Drayton Mill Lofts.
“It’s been a hustle and bustle around Drayton Mills Loft since our first move-ins began on Dec. 1,” said Tara Sherbert, developer of the apartment project at Drayton Mill. “To date, we already have over 70 residents who have signed on to live and be a part of the history being made here.”
Apartments include exposed wood and steel, solid maple flooring, 12- to 19-foot ceiling heights and detailed replica historic windows.
Many of the amenities have also been completed, including a 60-foot lap pool with cold jets, expansive outdoor gas fireplace, high-end stainless steel outdoor kitchen and dining areas, a two-story state-of-the-art fitness center, expansive community rooms and walking trails.
A few weeks ago, construction began on an additional 55,000 square feet of commercial space which includes the former company store and warehouse buildings on the property. These buildings are being converted into 16 suites for office, retail and restaurant use.
John Montgomery of Montgomery Development Group, is developing this portion of the property and said he is hoping to attract a brewery into a space that overlooks the pond. He’s also recruiting businesses who might need office space. And while no leases have been signed yet, he’s also talking to local restaurateurs and small retailers including a hair salon, home accessories store and an art gallery.
“We’re creating a true mixed-use village,” he said. “We’re complementing the live component with the work-play component.”
Montgomery said he is hoping to have the site work completed by the end of July and start moving tenants in by September.
Drayton Mill has also garnered some national attention. The converted mill property served as the site of the season premiere of “Salvage Dawgs” on the DIY channel. The TV show taped at Drayton during the initial stages of construction, said Sherbert. “They enjoyed finding historic pieces of the equipment for repurposing.”