Greenville, SC has been steadily improving for over a decade providing an improved quality of life for its residents. The growth of the Upstate is proof that by bringing creativity and talent from all over the world, visionaries will breathe new life to forgotten spaces. It is remarkable how much change has happened, and if you keep up with a few of the exceptional online local news sources, you will see that so much more is coming.
We have focused on places to go and things to do in Greenville and the Upstate in past blogs that I highly recommend. This time we are focusing on locations reinvented for the community that you can enjoy now and what to watch for soon.
We have highlighted a several projects that have made big leaps by re-imagining spaces that locals would normally avoid. Abandoned buildings, shuttered textile factories, or forgotten train stations are not where folks traditionally spend their time. All that is changing. These are the places your friends will be asking you to meet - at the newest fast tap rooms, for charcuterie and wine tastings, or to chat over wood-fired pizza and play lawn games.
These spaces are also becoming harbors for artist and photography studios, floral arrangers, designers, work stations, and for anyone that wants to try a visually tantalizing niche business enticing tourists and neighbors alike. They are also becoming very nice places to live! High end apartments and condos are developing inside the shells of textile factories with huge ceilings, long iron clad windows, and rustic accents to remind you of the buildings’ original purpose.
Here are some places to visit now and soon to be:
Huguenot Mill: Textile Mill built in 1882. Renovated to serve as offices for the Peace Center; also offers event space for rent. Peace Center.org
Wyche Pavilion: A carriage factory paint shop built in 1904 by J.E. Sirrine. The paint shop later became the first Duke’s Mayonnaise factory. Plans have just been announced for the empty building to become preserved, enclosed, and added on will be an addition that will house a kitchen, restrooms, meeting space and an elevator. The new/renovated building will be fully ADA accessible. Upstate Business Journal's recent article about plans for renovation
Old Cigar Warehouse: At 912 S Main St., built in 1882. It is now a 7,000+ sq. ft. event center and was recently named WeddingWire’s Couple’s Choice Award Winner for Ceremony and Reception Space in S.C. for the fifth year in a row. OldCigarWarehouse.com
New Village of West Greenville: Several blocks of art galleries, markets, restaurants, bars, and personal services. This area has become an investor’s delight with high hopes for future development. VillageWGVL.com
Poe West Hardware & Supply Co.: At 556 Perry Ave. in the Village of West Greenville. Was founded in 1876 and moved from its South Main Street location in 1946 to 556 Perry Ave. where it remained until 1992. Plans are for office spaces, restaurants, retail, and an educational facility. Upstate Business Journal article on Poe West Hardware
Monaghan Mill: Thomas and Lewis Parker organized Monaghan Mill and named it for County Monaghan in Ireland, the birthplace of their grandfather Thomas Fleming. Now known as The Lofts of Greenville, have been turned into high class apartments. TheLoftsofGreenville.com
Brandon Mill: Completed in January 1901, named for a hamlet near Belfast that produced textiles. The former cloth building on site is home to the Greenville Center for Creative Arts; the mill itself is being developed into apartments. WestVillageLofts.com
Westervelt/Judson Mill: The Judson Mill was originally called the Westervelt Mill, after J. Irving Westervelt, one of the mill founders. The mill was re-named to Judson, after Charles Judson, who was a professor at Furman University. The Judson Mill opened in March 1912 and like most Greenville mills, produced textiles. The plan released in 2017 describes 204 apartments, 215,000 square feet of office space, 106,000 square feet of industrial space, 35,000 square feet of flex space and 12 acres of retail parcels around the property. Greenville Online Article for plans.
Markley Station: Built in the 1950’s, the West End train station was a hub of commerce for the south. Harper General Contractors has taken on the task of re-purposing the Markley Street Station. Restaurants, shops and offices are inhabiting the over 43,000 sq ft of renovated space.
Gregory’s Laundry & Cleaners: Josh Beeby, the owner of Barley’s Taproom and The Trappe Door, is opening his third restaurant, The Burrow, at the corner of Augusta Street and East Faris Road in late spring 2019. More about this and other new restaurants for 2019.
Southern Bleachery and Piedmont Print Works: A Textile Mill from 1924-1952. Now known as Taylors Mill, is a series of buildings that have been turned into breweries, art studios, retail shops and restaurants. TaylorsMill.community
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