Development was the word in Greenville for 2018. With announcements for new projects, much-anticipated openings, and proposals, there was never a dull moment. Check out some of Greenville’s biggest economic development stories for 2018.
Holland Park on Laurens Road
Holland Park, a 12-acre development at 813 Laurens Road, will bring Lowcountry favorite Home Team BBQ to Greenville along with a new brewery concept, Double Stamp Brewery, and an additional 18,000 square feet of office, retail, and restaurant space. The development will have direct access to the Swamp Rabbit Trail extension and a half-acre of planned green space.
Markley Station, a development in the West End, announced its tenants after about two years of working to confirm them. The 43,000-square-foot development will contain Hoppin’, a self-serve tap room out of Charlotte, North Carolina; Urban Wren, a new Greenville-based urban winery; and Todaro Pizza from Clemson, which is now open. Fortis Riders, Beau Welling Design, and Aluma Connect are current office users, and an engineering firm is set to use the space, as well.
Gather GVL at 126 Augusta Road, the much-anticipated shipping container food hall, broke ground in August and finalized leases on all of its restaurant units. Mike’s Philly Cheesesteak and Roast Pork, wine bar Sweet Sippin’, authentic German cuisine from Prost!, plant-based smoothies and bowls from Cocobowlz, HenDough’s fried chicken and doughnuts, Mercado Cantina’s Mexican fare, KO Burger with griddled smash burgers, Roman pizza from Al Taglio, Greenville Beer Exchange, poke bowls from Saki Saki, local pasta concept The Pasta Addict, Rocky Moo ice cream sandwiches, and West End Coffee Roasters will fill the 13 containers.
In May 2018, a developer was announced for the County Square redevelopment, one of the largest redevelopment plans in Greenville’s history. Foster + Partners, Wakefield Beasley & Associates, and commercial real estate firm KDS Commercial Properties were announced as the development team. While announcements concerning the $1 billion development have come through, it could be close to 10 years before the project is complete. Later in the year, proposals for the space included affordable housing, a re-created Furman bell tower, and an expansion of the Governor’s School.
Another exciting development brings new life to downtown. Camperdown is scheduled to open in the first half of 2020 and will feature an AC Hotel, an office tower with 18 condominiums overlooking the Liberty Bridge, 217 apartment units, 170,000 square feet of office space, 80,000 square feet of retail, and a parking garage with 609 spaces. Bank of America plans to consolidate its current offices in the space, and other national companies plan to open offices in the development, as well.
Rumors circulated for some time, but in early 2018, Topgolf announced plans to open a Greenville location off Pelham Road. It will be the anchor of a mixed-use development, Garlington Park, that is under construction with plans to open in 2019. Topgolf is under construction, and surrounding nets and structure have been put in.
Greenville’s Crosswinds Golf Course will get a breath of fresh air in the spring. The unassuming par-3 course located at 611 Villa Road will be redone under new ownership. Davis Senza bought the course in 2018 and plans to renovate the clubhouse, which will include a rooftop bar and observation deck and a 100-seat restaurant and bar, while still keeping the unique style of the course.
Roundup: Village of West Greenville
2018 brought new retail and big plans to the Village of West Greenville. Ember Outfitters, a boutique clothing and home-goods store with an outdoor aesthetic, opened in the fall at 11 Lois Ave. Savereign Plant Shop, RockerBelles boutique, Carol’s Ice Cream, Luxe Lashes, the new Village Grind location, The Mailroom Barber & Shop, and Common Studios photography studio, among others, opened over the past year, as well. A plan was proposed for “Poe West,” the former DSI industrial property, which would include a brewery, restaurant, educational component, and plenty of green space. A mixed-use development that would include retail and multifamily use was proposed for the parking lot at the corner of Pendleton, Irvine, and Branwood streets, as well.
Spartanburg’s Montgomery Building re-opened to the public in December 2018. The building was just the latest success in Spartanburg’s downtown revitalization. Only portions of the 10-story building were reopened, but it includes retail, commercial, and office space on its first three floors, and 63 apartments on the upper seven floors. The building was placed on the National Register of Historic Places in 2011 and purchased by co-owners James Bakker and Tom Finnegan of BF Spartanburg LLC in early 2017. The $29.5 million project was made feasible with historic tax credits.
The Westone development located at 109 W. Stone Ave. leased and opened its eight available spaces during 2018. The L-shaped redevelopment includes the new restaurant concept World Piece by Coffee Underground owner Dana Lowie, a second location of Coffee Underground, Moe’s Original Bar B Que, Liability Brewing Co., V’s Barbershop, Cache & Co., and 9Round Fitness.