Commercial and residential real estate developments are going up all over Greenville. There’s nothing I like better than a good construction project! Its getting tough to keep up with them but here are highlights of some of the more visible ones.
Erwin Penland (a large, local marketing firm) is expanding. Their offices are located downtown where they are adding a third building and a skywalk to the existing facilities.
A Homewood Suites was just announced in the West End. This is pretty historic. The existing building is a collision shop that has been there for 25 years. This is going in across the street from Flour Field. Parks Hospitality Group bought the property for $2.7 million.
A major mixed-used development is going in at Wade Hampton and Stone the North Pointe project. This will actually involve reconfiguring the roads and will create another gateway entrance to the city. At over 8 acres this will be one exciting project.
A six story building is going up on an empty lot at Falls Park and Main.
The site of The Greenville News on its 4 acres across from the Peace Center will be a new mixed use development. One of the highlights is a dine-in movie theatre.
Big plans for the intersection of Stone and North Main. The Beach Co. has started on a large mutli-use development on what was basically an open lot.
A few blocks down they have announced remodeling the old Handlebar into a high end bowling alley and music venue.
The latest hotel announcement is a premier hotel called Aloft. Dog tracks and other interesting amenities are coming. Downtown behind the One Center. Construction is moving along rapidly.
That makes a total of four new hotels coming downtown. JHM is putting one in at Washington and Spring (two blocks off Main), a new Embassy Suites is going up on the riverfront and a Home2Suites is under construction at North Main and Elford (Just up from the Hyatt).
Church and University Ridge
The Beach Company, based in Charleston, is nearing completion of 375 apartments, 16,000 square feet of retail and restaurant space and a parking garage on about 12 acres at the corner of Church Street and University Ridge, according to Mayor Knox White. The property is adjacent to the Next Innovation technology development center.
This is an exciting project along the edge of Greenville on Poinsett Hwy. Private business, Furhman University, DOT and Greenville County are working on a plan to beautify and revitalize Poinsett starting between Gantt and Hammett or basically Rutherford to N. Pleasantburg. (Eventually all 7 miles) This is a great project that will definitely add to the beauty of our area. Poinsett is one of the key gateways to Greenville if you are coming in to town from 25 out of Asheville.
The latest is the demolition of the old Piedmont Shirt Company on Poinsett. This has been a major eyesore for years and represents a major piece of the puzzle to revitaize this area.
$102 million rennovation starting in 2012 with completion scheduled for 2016. The first phase has opened with an all new glass entrance and reconfigured baggage claim with some new restaurants. The airport looks great. One of the nicest in the country. Even just the drive up the entrance is a treat.