Tigertown boom continues


Several projects are underway for students and the city of Clemson


With an increase in student population predicted for the next several years at Clemson University, development activity in the city of Clemson is booming. The university’s 6,183 beds on campus remain consistently full, prompting students to seek off-campus housing. Add in services to accommodate those students as well as the growing city, and it’s easy to see why developers are responding.

Todd Steadman, the city of Clemson’s codes administrator, said that between the projects that are under construction or are in the permitting process, he expects a $130 million investment by the end of this year. “It’s the combination of a perfect storm with interest rates lower and demand for student housing. It’s unprecedented growth, both in terms of dollar amount and growth for the city,” he said.

Here’s a glimpse at just a few of the projects in the city of Clemson.



The Study Hall


A new bar, restaurant and music venue planned in downtown Clemson.



412 College Avenue project


A 1.29-acre mixed-use project by Orlando, Fla.-based PLC Partners. It will include a leasing office and two retail storefronts on the bottom floor and three stories of apartments above. The project will have approximately 69 beds and 3,073 square feet of retail.



Dukes Center, a.k.a. University House on College Avenue


This mixed-use project is underway and will have five stories and 420 beds with 12,000 square feet of retail space.



Mellow Mushroom mixed-use project


Clemson developer Mark Johnson plans to revamp the current Mellow Mushroom site, tearing down the existing restaurant and two duplexes to make room for a new mixed-use project that will have four stories with roughly 62 beds, an amenity terrace, fitness center and study room.

The ground floor will offer space for a new Mellow Mushroom restaurant along with additional commercial space.



GrandMarc at Clemson


This mixed-use project will revamp the existing shopping center at 139 Anderson Highway, where Monterrey’s Mexican Restaurant is located. The project is expected to have three stories with the first floor for commercial and two stories of apartments.

If approved by Clemson City Council, Grand Marc at Clemson would have approximately 494 beds with 20,000 square feet of commercial space.


Findley Earle project


Still in the early stages, this proposed project was just submitted to the Clemson Planning Commission, and is projected to have 730 bedrooms with 10,000 to 15,000 square feet of commercial space.


Hartwell Village


Ohio-based CASTO, a real estate services company, has purchased 45.5 acres from New Spring Church on the former DeFore Milliken Plant site at the intersection of Tiger Boulevard and Pendleton Road and is planning a 300,000-square-foot mixed-use project.

Hartwell Village will be the first power retail center located in the Clemson market area and will contain new-to-the-market tenants, including a theater, restaurants and national retail tenants, said CASTO in a release. Anticipated timing includes the opening of NewSpring Church’s Clemson campus to be completed by fall 2016, with the mixed-use development to occur in 2016 or 2017.


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