New lifestyle center planned for 64 acres in Boiling Springs

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A master plan for the proposed lifestyle center shows more than 22 acres of retail, as well as residential space.

Spartanburg County could soon get a multimillion-dollar lifestyle center.

Officials for Spartanburg School District 2 have made the decision to shop a 64-acre site near the heart of the bustling Boiling Springs community in hopes of attracting new retail, food, residential, and recreational opportunities.

The site is situated off Highway 9 between Double Bridge and Old Furnace Roads. It is currently home to Boiling Springs High School’s Ninth Grade Campus, the district’s maintenance and transportation facilities, a bus parking lot, and the Upstate Family Resource Center in the former Boiling Springs Middle School.

“This is a great opportunity,” said Scott Mercer, superintendent for District 2. “We think it’s going to be a good development—something that will benefit the community and something the community will be very proud of.”

District officials have selected Ben Hines and Andy Hayes, partners of Spartanburg-based commercial realty firm Spencer/Hines Properties, as the exclusive listing agents for the property.

The price tag for the site is $7.7 million.

Spartanburg County School District 2 has put this 64-acre site on the market in hopes of attracting a developer for a new lifestyle center in Boiling Springs.

A master plan for the proposed center prepared by Spartanburg-based McMillan Pazdan Smith Architecture shows 22.7 acres for large-scale retail development.

More than 9 acres are for multi-family residential development, almost 7.9 acres for town homes, nearly 8.8 acres for assisted living facilities, about 4 acres of open space, and six outparcels totaling almost 11 acres for commercial use, according to the plan.

The site has about 2/3-mile in frontage property along Highway 9 and Double Bridge and Old Furnace roads.

Hines said he has already received interest from three firms, including two in South Carolina and one out-of-state company, interested in developing the property.

A few names on Hines’ short list of potential tenants include Target, Home Depot, Publix, Lidl, Kohl’s, and T.J. Maxx.

“It’s a once-in-a-lifetime listing,” Hines said. “This is the epicenter of Boiling Springs. It’s primed for development… But a lifestyle center has to coexist with the community that surrounds it. Dr. Mercer and the board of trustees are very cognizant of this and they want to do something that will benefit the community for many years to come.”

The project is fueled by the district’s $120 million plan to build a new high school on 34 acres near the current Boiling Springs High School. The plan includes upgrading the existing high school to house the Ninth Grade Campus, and improving athletic facilities.

In November, residents voted in favor of a referendum enabling the district to borrow the funding without a tax increase. The district will pay back the loan over a 25-year period.

Mercer said money earned from the sale of the property for the proposed lifestyle center will be placed in the district’s building fund and used for construction, equipment, or paying off the debt.

The new high school could open in 2019, and the new Ninth Grade Campus in 2020.

The property is located off Highway 9 between Old Furnace and Double Bridge roads near the heart of Boiling Springs.

Developers will be able to develop some parts of the site before the Ninth Grade Campus relocates, Mercer said.

He said the transportation offices will move to a 41-acre site the district owns off Fosters Grove Road.

The maintenance office and Upstate Family Resource Center will relocate to 12 acres off Blalock Road behind Holden’s Chapel Missionary Church, the current site of the high school’s softball field.

Properties along Old Furnace Road occupied by Walgreens and ProGrin Dental; the Liberty Square shopping center, First Citizens Bank, and Firehouse Subs along Highway 9; and one other business off Double Bridge Road are not part of the plan.

Mercer said the Boiling Springs Library off Double Bridge Road will not be impacted by the development.

The former Boiling Springs Community Park near the library will be closed, but residents will still be able to enjoy the new community park located behind the Boiling Springs Fire Department off Rainbow Lake Road, Mercer said.

He hopes to work with the developer to allocate about 5 acres of the site for a new YMCA facility.

Hines said he is a member of a cohort group in Boiling Springs that was founded to advocate for a more “livable” community. He said he welcomes any public input on the project.

The goal, Hines said, is to avoid creating another “asphalt jungle.”

He said the site will be beautifully landscaped, highly accessible, and pedestrian-friendly.

Hines referenced the Dorman Centre across town, a heavily trafficked retail center that opened in 2003 on the 65-acre site of the former Dorman High School.

While the two sites are similar in size, Hines said the Boiling Springs site has the potential to serve as both a destination for shopping and dining, and a hub of cultural, recreational, and residential activity.

“We want it to be something that will stand the test of time,” Hines said. “Residents of Boiling Springs are getting a high school that better reflects the quality of education their kids are receiving. We think it’s time for them to have a lifestyle center that not only exemplifies, but improves the quality of life in this community.”

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