Greenville Real Estate Blog
By: Lee Cunningam
Job growth in Greenville County continues to grow in 2012 as AVX Corp announced that they will add about 400 manufacturing and R&D jobs to their Fountain Inn site. Of that total, 279 will be new hires with about 150 being transferred from the Myrtle Beach location. AVX makes electronic and inter-connect components, and is renovating a 130- acre complex that currently has two buildings formerly occupied by Mita copiers and toners. Greenville County has already added 2300 new jobs during the first half of 2012 and has the lowest unemployment rate in the state with 7.6%, compared to a statewide average of 9.1%. Fountain Inn has some interesting history and great homes too! Click here for more information on Fountain Inn real estate.
Church Street Construction Complete
The traffic slowdown on downtown’s Church Street from construction is finally over, and marks the completion of a federal stimulus grant started three years ago. The appearance is much more appealing now, with more pedestrian and biking space, sidewalks, a center island with trees, new street lights, and improved road crossings. The improvements will connect several neighborhoods in the area and provide a better non-auto corridor into downtown from the Augusta Road area. Wal-mart has expressed interest in a vacant parcel of land along Church Street, but it may not be large enough to pass city ordinance for development. The City plans to improve other busy roadways in a similar fashion as funds become available. These include Academy Street and the Main Street - Heritage Green area harboring the main Library and the Upstate History Museum. Looking for homes downtown? Click here.
The Cliffs Relocate Marketing Dept to Greenville
The Cliffs Communities, a series of upscale golf communities located in the mountainous northern section of Greenville County, has moved its marketing office to downtown Greenville. Known as Urbana Cliffs, the downtown site centralizes their sales efforts and cuts costs as newly owned organization comes out of bankruptcy later this year. The new owners are SunTx Urbana, which owns 70% of the unsold lots, the Carlisle Development Group which owns the club amenities, and Arendale Holdings which is a golf community management division. For more information on Greenville area golf communities click here.
It has been hot lately with highs in the 90s, but not as bad as the heat wave that hit the country last week. Looks like there will be a good chance of thundershowers this week which will keep the highs in the 80s.
Cliffs Communities Reorginization
Faced with bankruptcy and foreclosure of properties at their high end Golf Course Communities at the foot of the Blue Ridge Mountains, the Cliffs Club & Hospitality Group Inc (Clubco) has agreed to an acquisition bid from Steve and Penny Carlile. The Carliles are currently shareholders in Clubco, which was formed to raise $64 million last year when the Cliffs faced financial shortfalls due to lagging lot sales. They have partnered with SunTxUrbana, which is the largest owner of Cliffs real estate, and Arendale Holdings, which has golf course development experience. Controlling the real estate portion will be a key factor; according to Jim Anthony, the Cliff’s founder, there are 4,500-5,000 unsold or undeveloped lots in all the communities. Worthington Hyde Partners is the second largest holder after an auction last month, while many lots are still owned by banks and Anthony. At this stage, Anthony is considering bankruptcy for the land development part of the Cliffs Communities and will relinquish any ownership in the organization. The Carliles are putting their own equity into the project and appear strong enough to continue the projected communities at Mountain Park and High Carolina without the need to leverage funds or sell a certain number of lots. The venture still needs to be approved by a bankruptcy judge, and there could be other bidders, but if successful, the Carliles and partners will be in position to set up a management company for the Cliffs.
USC Upstate Looking at Downtown greenville
The University of South Carolina is considering a four-year campus in downtown Greenville, just up river from the new Kroc Center, and hopes to be in business by the fall of 2014. They currently offer classes at the University Center at McAlister Square, but capacity is limited and they believe they could easily double the 800 current enrollment. The location on Mayberry Street is in prime development area, which has been undergoing revitalization efforts and is near a new proposed city park. The actual size of the campus is still undetermined, but there are several parcels that could be combined for the project. In other higher education announcements, Clemson University is moving its MBA program to One, the new development on Main Street. USC is also opening a business school at the other end of Main Street. For more Downtown Greenville SC real estate information, click here!
Upstate History Museum Partners with Furman
Furman will take a step back toward Greenville and a downtown presence when it begins managing and operating the Upstate History Museum – Furman University. The popular museum was created to preserve the history of the Upstate region and having Furman involved will bring an incredible resource to the table. While the history content will continue to be the focus, Furman will be able to offer other programs that will enhance the museum. Before Furman consolidated their campus near Travelers Rest, the former women’s campus was located at the Heritage Green where the museum now resides.
Spring is here in a big way with everything blooming and amazing beautiful. Lots of sun this week after a nice Easter weekend. Highs will be in the 60s and 70s while lows will be in the 40's but will warm up to the 60's as we progress through the week.
BMW Expansion (Again!)
Our local car manufacturer recently announced that they would build the new X4 sports activity vehicle here in South Carolina and add another production line in order to produce 350 cars per day. That means hiring 200 new people in 2012 and up to 700 more by 2014. Last year BMW hit the number one position for luxury brand auto sales in the US, but more importantly, they are the largest automotive exporter to the non-NAFTA counties, sending 70% of their production abroad, especially to China. That kind of exporting business affects the Port of Charleston in a big way, as well as South Carolina jobs related to the manufacturing process. Doug Woodward of USC’s Moore School of Business estimated that 4.3 jobs were created in SC for every job added at the Upstate BMW. That’s an outstanding multiplier when he considers only 2 jobs are created from other industries that expand. BMW has invested more than $5 billion in SC since 1994, has undergone 4 different expansions, and currently employs 7000 at the plant. That will be more like 8000 by 2014.
Visitors Center Downtown
Reedy Square, a proposed tourism center in downtown Greenville looks to be back on track after a flurry of fund raising efforts. This project was conceived in 2007 but has been slowed by economic times. The recent progress has a lot to do with the hiring of Patti McAbee, who just completed a successful mission in getting the downtown Kroc Center funded. The center will be located at 301 River Street, which is along the Reedy River and just upstream from the art studios of River Place. The center will be a central station for tourist with concierge travel services, media room, café, art gallery and interactive map of the Upstate. If things go smoothly, the project could break ground in late 2012 and be complete in 2014. For more Downtown Greenville SC real estate information, click here!
Bike Racing for the Disabled
Greenville has a strong reputation in bicycle racing and it’s getting stronger. The city has been selected for the 2014 UCI Para-Cycling Road World Championships, where disabled riders compete for the world title. Organizers are expecting about 450 racers, 250 coaches and 600 spectators from around the world, which should have a $4.5 million impact on the local economy. There are various categories for specific disabilities such as loss of limb, blindness, visual impairment, spinal cord injury, brain injury and stroke. The races are scheduled for August 28-September 1 and while the courses have not been identified, the CU-ICAR’s Millennium Campus and central Greenville are two possible choices.
It has been a mild winter for the country, Greenville included. Highs this week will be in the 50s and 60s with lows in the 40s. We have some rain coming in midweek and again for the weekend with a chance of showers. Spring is almost here though; daffodils have been spotted already and there will be more on the way this month!
TD Bank and 1400 New Jobs
A phoenix has risen out of the fallout of the South Financial banking group here in Greenville. TD Bank purchased South Financial earlier in the year, and has announced that it will operate a new regional hub out of the large office space built along I-85 near the Millennium Campus. They plan to add 1,400 jobs at that site, which will boost their management infrastructure along the east coast. TD operates about 1,300 branch banks from Maine to Florida, and has managed the financial crisis well, maintaining a rare worldwide AAA status. TD also plans to add 200 jobs to the Lexington, SC office where 313 already work. Renovations to the I-85 site will involve a $17.1 million investment for 300,000 square feet of corporate space. Earlier this year, CertusBank also announced that they would add 350 jobs at their new headquarters in downtown Greenville. That’s good news for Greenville, with local banking institutions adding jobs while financial jobs in traditional areas like Charlotte are still shedding them.
Manufacturing in the Upstate has also seen several advances during 2011, with an emphasis on technology.
Scio Diamond Technology Corporation will move its corporate headquarters and production facility from Boston, MA to Greenville. They produce high quality “cultivated” diamonds in a laboratory setting using their patented chemical deposition process. The plant will be located at Church Street and University Ridge adjacent to the Next Innovation Center, with a plan to be in operation by the second quarter of 2012. According to President and CEO Joseph Lancia, in Greenville, South Carolina he “found the ideal balance of business-friendly climate, access to talent, entrepreneurial drive and exceptional quality of life.”
Bosch Rexroth will expand its hydraulic manufacturing operations in Fountain Inn, SC with the purchase of the former GlaxoSmithKline facility, a leased warehouse space, and 65 acres of surrounding land. Bosch Rexroth has been at the current site for 23 years, and the expansion will make it the company’s largest manufacturing site in the Americas, plus generate 160 new jobs over the next 5 years. The site will be the primary facility for producing mobile hydraulic pumps and motors used in construction, agriculture, mining, material handling, and oil and gas exploration.
The GE aviation plant has recently received a large order from Southwest Airlines for 416 engines that will power Boeing 737 aircraft. That deal is worth $4.7 billion and will take years to fill, providing a bit of job security for GE workers.
Changes To Look For Around The City
The City of Greenville has given initial approval for a carillon with Italian bells at the traffic circle outside the Hampton Inn on the river. As part of that deal, developer Phil Hughes will complete improvements behind the Bounce Building, which is next to the proposed carillon. Look for a rock wall, stairway and railings at the terrace area.
Scott Tower, the 14-floor high rise on Augusta Street near Greenville High School, will be demolished because repairs to the building were estimated to be $12 million, or about 60% of its value. Scott Towers has been around since 1972 and houses senior citizens and disabled residents. The Housing Authority will help the tenants find new housing and the relocations are expected to complete by September of 2021. Stay tuned for what will be going in at the site. For more Downtown Greenville SC real estate information, click here!
Clear with nice warm days in the 60s this week, but rain will come in on Friday as a cold front crosses the area. The weekend should be clear and cooler with highs in the upper 50s.
Fall for Greenville This Weekend
It’s that time of year again when music, local food vendors, and sometimes whacky competitions descend on downtown Greenville. Fall is in the air this week and the 30th Fall for Greenville starts this weekend, with events kicking off on Friday afternoon. Forty of Greenville’s top restaurants will be participating and will have booths lined up and down Main Street for your culinary exploration. Wine and beer tasting areas will be set up and run noon and into the evenings. You will also find six stages set up that will feature bands performing throughout the weekend. If you like music, you will probably find something interesting; some of the genres include rock, country, jazz and blues. Check the schedule by clicking HERE. And for the competitive spirits, there is a bakery cake challenge, jalapeno eating contest, dessert competition, waiter’s race, and bartenders mix-off. The Main street area will be closed off, so look to the city’s parking garages as your best bet for parking. For more Downtown Greenville SC real estate information, click here!
New Tire Maker in SC
Building on the surge of automotive manufacturing in South Carolina, German tire manufacturer Continental Tire announced that it would build a new plant in Sumter County and create 1700 jobs over the next 10 years. The first phase of should be done in 2017 and be capable of producing 5 million tires per year. A second phase is scheduled for 2021 which should increase capacity to 8 million tires. Continental also will expand an existing plant in Lancaster, SC. The news comes on the heels of a September announcement that Bridgestone America will invest $1.2 billion in Aiken County that will create 850 jobs. Michelin North America has its North American headquarters in Greenville, plus several manufacturing facilities and a research department. With BMW in Greenville, it all points to South Carolina’s strong reputation as a magnet for the automotive sector.
Diversion on Southbound I-385
For commuters in I-385, there will be some merging to watch out for as you proceed southbound past Woodruff Road. The widening project has been under way for several months, and now that it’s time to pave the southbound lanes, drivers will have to take a temporary thoroughfare in the median. There will be a concrete barrier to separate northbound traffic and the work should be done in three to four months. If you plan on taking the exits for Butler, Bridges or State Highway 417, be sure to look for signs that will take you to a temporary collector lane on the right side of the interstate.
The rain over the region will clear up on Friday and clear weather will be in the forecast. Highs will be in the 70s and lows in the upper 40s. That’s fine fall weather indeed. Enjoy y’all.
Walmart Eyes Church Street Location
Photo by Peter Griffin
Walmart has its work cut out with their tentative proposal to put a Supercenter at Church Street and University Ridge. According to the master plan, the space is not large enough for a 100,000 square foot building, requiring it to be a 40,000 square foot building or less. The site also needs two additional structures on the site, one of which is designated to be a “workplace building” for office development. Although Walmart has a few designs for 40,000 stores, but they are used to fill in market gaps between other Supercenters. In comparison, the Walmarts on Pelham and Woodruff Roads are 130,000 and 240,000 square feet respectively. Other options include splitting the store into two buildings or going more vertical in design. The site has been vacant for about a year after the older condemned houses were demolished, but is located on a primary arterial near the city center that is currently under construction to provide sidewalks, bike paths, and a more appealing streetscape. The project has drawn criticism from the nearby Alta Vista Neighborhood, but praises from other leaders in the Hayne-Sirrine district. For more Downtown Greenville SC real estate information, click here!
Outdoor Ice Skating in Downtown Greenville
Regardless of Greenville’s variable winter temperatures, an outdoor ice skating rink designed as a “mini Rockefeller Plaza” will provide plenty of entertainment this year. The 80x45 foot rink will be located at the Village Green in the Main@Broad complex, with an elevated viewing sidewalk next to City Hall that will give a great look at the skaters. UBS Ice on Main will open November 25 and run through January 8; admission will be $10 and skate rental will be available. More information is available at www.iceonmain.net
New Bus Route to SimpsonvillePhoto by marbi barmi
Mauldin and Simpsonville will soon have a Greenlink bus route that will connect them to the city of Greenville. The test route has been approved by all the cities for a start in the fall of 2012, and now rests upon Greenlink purchasing three additional buses made available by federal funds. The numbers look good on this project too, with state and federal funds supplementing the normal operating costs. Since the response to the project has been positive, Greenlink is moving forward as if this will be a permanent route.
Local Kayak Manufacturer Expanding
Photo by Vince Mig
Confluence Watersports has been making kayaks and canoes in Easley since 1975 when it was started as Perception Inc. But finding themselves, bursting at the seams for space, is moving to the old Hitachi television tube factory on Mauldin Road in Greenville. Confluence will be bringing along the 450 jobs and adding another 72 in the next few years. In addition to molding plastic boats, they also mold other large plastic products such as agricultural tanks, park benches, and children’s jungle gyms.
We were all bracing for the deluge that was forecasted from Tropical Storm Lee this last weekend, but it never really materialized. Labor Day ended up being mostly an outdoor event, with only a few showers and intermittent heavy rain around Greenville. Great weather this week will follow the storm: mostly clear with highs around 80 and lows in the upper 50s.
Visionary Max Heller Passes
A few weeks ago, Greenville lost Max Heller, a man of vision who was instrumental in taking a dying urban landscape to what it is today. Max fled Nazi Germany as a teenager, established a textile company in Greenville, and when downtown retailers were fleeing for suburban malls in the 70s, brought in a vision of landscaped city core reminiscent of his European youth. The charismatic mayor had a keen ability to bring people together for a unified cause. It all started when he convinced Hyatt Regency to put in a hotel on Main Street that created a full service hotel, convention space, and parking in the core of the city. The deal was an unusual private-public venture- the city owned most of the ground floor and was considered a city park. That type of arrangement became the basis for other crucial developments in the city, and is evident today at Riverplace, Fluor Field, the West End, and the Peace Center for the Performing Arts. Today we have a much different and vibrant Greenville. Thank you Max.
Washington Street Corridor
Development downtown is spreading from the traditional spine of Main Street along other major streets. The latest is Washington Street, where a seven-story apartment and retail structure could rise at the corner of E. Washington and Spring Street. That’s next to the city parking garage and only two short blocks from Main Street where the twin tower Project One was recently announced. Davis Property Group, LLC, who developed the nearby McBee Station, plans to put in 6,000 square feet of retail space, 48 apartments, and a rooftop pool with common area to meet the excess demand for downtown rentals. West Washington is also seeing progress--cell phone retailer Clear Talk is opening a center at Hudson Rd near the post office, bike lanes are in place, and the City has hopes to run a rapid bus line from the West side all the way to the Clemson University International Center for Automotive Research at I-85. For more Downtown Greenville SC real estate information, click here!
It’s appears that the quality of our water here in Greenville County has passed muster. According to several esteemed judges in the American Water Works Association’s national “Best of the Best” Water Taste Test, Greenville is number one! The Greenville Water System receives most of its water from two large reservoirs collecting spring fed water from the Blue Ridge Mountains. The waters from the Saluda reservoirs serve 450,000 South Carolinians, and historically, supplied cool crisp water to a few moonshiners as well. Second place finishers in the competition were Denver, CO and the Village of Glencoe, IL.
New Fountain Inn High School
A new high school in Fountain Inn will be the first to be built since Riverside High came along in 1973. The growing population of southern Greenville County has created a crowded environment for both Hillcrest and Woodmont schools, leading the School Board to vote on a new high school to be completed in 2017. The old high school, which has not functioned since the late 1950s, is now the Fountain Inn Civic Center for the Performing Arts. The new facility will be on Quillen Rd only a few blocks off Main Street. Check out more information on Fountain Inn!
In other long range school news, the old J.L. Mann High School will be demolished for a new middle school at the same site, due 2014. Woodmont High will receive an addition to serve 400 students. Rudolph Gordon Elementary plans show a 250-seat addition and conversion to a K-8 program by 2018.
Whew! Hot early this week with highs in the upper 90s, but cooling later in the week with highs in the mid-80s. Looks for a good chance of thunderstorms throughout the week.
Amy’s Kitchen Expands to East Coast
The old Sara Lee building just off I-85 is getting ready for an upgrade with the announcement that Amy’s Kitchen is putting in a food processing and distribution facility at the location. Amy’s Kitchen produces pre-packaged vegetarian foods and expects to hire 700 workers over the next five years, with an expected startup date of January, 2012. The privately held California based business chose Greenville for its east coast beachhead because of the availability of raw organic materials, central location along the eastern seaboard, business friendly environment and strong work force. There was also a lot of support from the local and state economic development teams that helped Amy’s decide on Greenville, South Carolina. Amy’s Kitchen is the nation’s leading source of organic convenience food and has been expanding at a 10% rate over their 23 years in business. They currently have production facilities in California, Oregon, and England.
Greenville Arts All Weekend
Artisphere, the big, nationally ranked street art exhibit and musical extravaganza is back for the seventh time in downtown Greenville this weekend and is sure to provide plenty of entertainment. Artists row will run along Main Street from the Peace Center down to the West End at Augusta Road and feature 120 top artists, nationally as well as regionally. There will be a lot of activities for the children too, with Kidsphere giving them a chance to create their own works of art, or just throw some paint around in the Art in Action tent. Brian Olson’s popular Art in Action stage will give the same effect, but probably a bit more organized as his large works come together as portraits of celebrities. If you are looking for music, there will be plenty of acts at the Peace Center Amphitheater throughout the day. Other art venues and studios around town will also be hosting special events; check the Artisphere site for the schedule. The action starts on Friday, May 13 at 4:00 p.m. and finishes up Sunday night. For more Downtown Greenville SC real estate information, click here!
Foreclosures to Slow Down in SC
As a result of poor communications between lenders and distressed homeowners that may have resulted in premature foreclosures, SC Supreme Court Chief Justice Jean Toal ordered a halt to current South Carolina foreclosures until certain conditions are met. Homeowners must have been notified of the mortgage intervention process and that all possibilities of loan modification or loss mitigation have been exhausted. Over the past two year’s rise in defaults, too often the communication between the parties has broken down and homeowners have found themselves suddenly out of the home when they thought they were negotiating with the lender. Judge Toal’s ruling is the second of such in the past two years and forces all lenders to thoroughly document their efforts before taking back a property. The result of this action will certainly allow some distressed homeowners to stay in their homes, but since the success rate of the modification program has been historically very low, those numbers may not increase significantly. The overall foreclosure crisis is likely to be extended as it takes longer for distressed homes to come back onto the market for resale, thus delaying the recovery of values in neighborhoods where foreclosures are common. Check out Foreclosures in Greenville SC!
Thunderstorms continue to be common this week with the highs around 80 and lows in the 60s. A cold front will pass into the area on Friday, and will bring about a chance of showers for the weekend. You might want to bring your umbrella to Artisphere!
Upcoming Greenville City Projects
The City of Greenville is putting together its $10 million budget for capital projects in the upcoming fiscal year. Topping the list is the overhaul of Piazza Bergamo; that’s the big hole along N. Main Street where the old Woolworths building used to sit. There are big plans for a whole new look that combines Coffee Street, the Piazza, the small street behind, and the Richardson Street parking garage. However, that project is dependent on private investment to fill the corner with a new building with office and retail space, something that has had a lot of interest but has been slowed by financing difficulties. Other big expenditures include the remake of the Peace Center, redesign of Rhett Street (one block off Main), and preparation for a Reedy River regional park just upstream from the Kroc Center. Look for street-side improvements along Augusta Rd, Stone Ave, Wade Hampton, and at I-385 and Haywood Rd. For more Downtown Greenville SC real estate information, click here!
Another Congressional District
In the light of newly released figures from the 2010 census that reflect an increased population, lawmakers are considering the addition of another congressional district to South Carolina. They will also need to redraw every House and Senate district so that each has approximately 660,000 people and representation is spread equally. In the center of this discussion is Greenville and Spartanburg Counties, with a combined population of 735,000 and are grouped together. Greenville County is the largest in the state with 10% of the population, and many advocate a single congressional district for the county. In a recent public meeting of a Senate subcommittee, there were a lot of comments bantered about including the split of Greenville and Spartanburg Counties, consideration of minority voter representation, and if South Carolina actually has enough money in a troubled budget to make the changes now. A House subcommittee will have it’s own meeting in Greenville to discuss their districts on April 15 .
Students, Start Your Pedals
Greer hopes that by adding more sidewalks to Suber Road near Riverside High School, more students will walk or ride bicycles on a regular basis. Currently, more than 90 percent of the school’s 1600 students arrive by bus or auto, creating a serious traffic problem at peak hours. The proposal makes the sidewalks continuous along Suber, which passes by several subdivisions that are within easy walking or biking distance. The plan already has $104,000 in federal funds plus a 20% match by the city of Greer, but the details need to be finalized. At issue is whether to spend more money on curbing and storm drains or simply put a water runoff swale between the road and the sidewalk. Storm drains are more expensive, but the swale idea pushes the sidewalk back and would mean relocating power line poles. The study should be done by the end of summer. View homes for sale in Greer SC Now!
Needing $25 Million
Electric bus manufacturer Proterra is on the hunt for a $25 million investor to replace funds promised by a current shareholder who recently pleaded guilty to federal fraud charges. Those funds were earmarked by Proterra to establish a permanent manufacturing facility in Greenville and create 1300 jobs. Of course, the city is watching this situation carefully since they spent $270,000 upfront to set up a temporary lease for the company until the plant was built. Things seem to be moving forward though, with Proterra continuing to assemble buses here. They are also nearing the completion of battery research lab at CU-ICAR that will play a significant part of the technology hub in the area.
Unsettled spring weather is here this week with thunderstorms likely early in the week and again by next weekend. Look for highs in the low 70s and lows around 50. We’ve lost the winter look in the past week…most of the trees have leafed out and the green is back in Greenville!
Jobs They Are A-Coming
Local employers seem to be more confident about the second quarter this year and according to a recent Manpower survey, 21% of local employers that were interviewed anticipate hiring during this time. According to Manpower, that puts the Greenville-Mauldin-Easley in a tie for second place nationally with Tulsa, Oklahoma, behind number one Lexinton-Fayette, KY. Those are impressive numbers.
Large local companies have also made similar announcements that the region is gaining traction in the battle against unemployment. Greenville’s GE plans to add 150 workers to keep up demand for upgrades and repairs to existing gas turbine systems. Verizon wireless is hiring 135 in the next two months for its field service and technical support calls, which will add to its current local employee base of 1200. Auto transmission producer ZF is building a new plant in Gray Court and will add at least 900 workers; they are taking jobs for managerial positions at this time but the bulk of the jobs will come later when the plant is finished in 2012.
Stone Avenue Development Plan
Greenville City approved in principle a Stone Avenue master plan that hopes to improve the appearance and traffic flow of the east Stone area. The long-term plan calls for a reduction in traffic lanes from four to three, with street front development, parking behind the businesses, and creating more green space. The plan hopes to mirror the success had in the West Stone area where businesses have invested and begun to thrive. The area is within walking distance from the Hyatt downtown, and could turn into an attractive shopping district. There will be some controversy over how the traffic dynamics will change however, since Stone is a busy corridor around the central downtown.
Drivers on Batesville Road between Highway 14 and Anderson Ridge Road may be in for a pleasant surprise if a DOT widening project gets approved. Currently the road experiences heavy traffic at peak times, and makes it difficult for residents of the Pelham Falls subdivision to enter Batesville. The plan calls for an extra lane, sidewalks, a new bridge over Rocky Creek, and new lights at Pelham Falls Drive and Anderson Ridge Road. Residents are happy…the sidewalks and bike paths would make the trek to the nearby by commercial zone at Highway 14 much more appealing and safe. Drivers coming from the Five Forks area will also find a more free flowing route toward the GSP airport and Pelham Road businesses.
New Gas Mart
Spinx Co., a local and ubiquitous chain of convenience gas marts, plans to build a large, high-tech fueling station at Highway 101, just north of I-85, and near the BMW Manufacturing Corp. The 5,300 square foot building will replace the current Spinx/Burger King and have 24 fueling stations with energy efficient technology. It will also function as more of a high end convenience store with pizza, salads, and more healthy fresh food choices than the standard Spinx fare. Construction is slated to begin in May.
Spring is upon us with flowers and trees starting to bud out, but Mother Nature is keeping us a bit cold this week. Highs early in the week should be in the 50s, and will stay around 60 as we get some rain midweek. Clearing and highs in the upper 60s by the weekend.