Roads, more traveled

The city of Greenville has spent more than $12 million since the late 1970s on street beautification along Main Street, an investment city leaders say has paid off handsomely in new businesses and developments such as River Place. The original work on Main in 1979 cost $2.5 million and was paid for through revenue sharing […]

There’s history to be found

Glendale and Pacolet exist because of their mills and the waterways that powered them. Almost three decades after the mills shut down, both communities in western Spartanburg County are looking for a new industry – and leaders there think the answer is the eight miles of water winding between them. Late last month, the U.S. […]

Augusta Heights project a go

More than six months of contentious public outcry, 120 minutes of open debate, 38 minutes of closed debate and 10 minutes of technical questions over a proposed housing development on Augusta Road ended in less than three seconds Thursday as the planning commission voted 4-3 to pass the project. In play was the commission’s first […]

Augusta Heights hearing set for Feb. 11

A small truck with a six-inch wide drill suspended off its back may have spelled the end to a fight over a proposed apartment complex on Augusta Road Tuesday morning. The drill did eight borings into a bluff next to Augusta Heights Baptist Church that developers plan to build 37-units on and that area residents […]

Local business leaders envision 2011 recovery

The next few months will be relatively stagnant for the Upstate real estate market as many business leaders believe 2011 – not 2010 – will bring a recovery from the latest global economic depression. Even as news of two quarters of gross national product growth, which signals an official end to the U.S. recession, came […]

Greenville County Council sets its work for the year

Issues that will test Greenville County Council in the coming year bubbled to the surface during the traditional closing ceremony where members are free to bring up any subject they wish Tuesday night. Councilman Jim Burns urged council members to be cognizant of the state association of counties issues list for the coming year. “Most […]

August Heights apartment project showdown set

Augusta Road residents are expected to pack the normally staid Planning Commission hearing this week in an effort to thwart a housing project that many of them say will hurt their neighborhood. Atlanta-based Prestwick Development is seeking planning commission approval to build 37 apartments in a two-story, L-shaped complex on the site of the former […]

Real estate continues rebound

Realtors in the Greenville and Spartanburg see signs that home sales are slowly improving even as the year ends as the worst in recent years. To jump start the market, the federal stimulus money that boosted sales late this year to first-time home-buyers has been extended and expanded to cover existing homeowners. Citing recent sales […]

Developers of a major retailer to appear before design board

Developers will go before a city commission next week to pitch plans for a CVS pharmacy downtown. KDS Properties has filed an application with the City Design Review Board to build a two-story, 36,000-square-foot office/retail structure at the corner of Main Street and McBee Avenue. According to the application, a nationally known pharmacy will anchor […]

Woolworth building demo pending

Work could start within a few weeks on demolishing the old Woolworth Building downtown, City Manager Jim Bourey said this week. Contractors are busy removing asbestos from the building’s interior. Once that work is finished the building’s outside awning will come down making it necessary to close part of the sidewalk on Main Street. Once […]

Program targets foreclosed homes

Some homeowners’ nightmares are being turned into other homeowners’ dreams thanks to a federal grant. The Greenville County Redevelopment Authority will receive $2.26 million from the Neighborhood Stabilization Program, which is designed to stabilize neighborhoods hit hard by foreclosures during the economic downturn. The money will be used to provide rental housing for low-income people, […]

Nobody’s home

When Thomas and Tonia Burke decided to spend their retirement years living closer to their children’s families, Greenville’s vibrant downtown sold them on the area. They settled on Plantation Greene off Woodruff Road. “We liked the location, and I remember being assured we were dealing with quality builders and a reputable company,” Burke said this […]

Crescent Resources files for bankruptcy

A company formed to develop property owned by Duke Energy and known for its high end communities has filed for bankruptcy protection citing more than $1 billion in liabilities. The Charlotte-based Crescent Resources, which has developed luxury properties on Lake Keowee such as Harbor Oaks and Waterford Crossing and Palmetto Bluff in the Lowcountry, said […]

TSFG will sell headquarters building

“Project Pogo,” the plan for a grand suburban headquarters for The South Financial Group off I-85, bounced to the sales block this week with the decision to stay put in downtown Greenville. TSFG, parent of Carolina First and Mercantile Bank of Florida, announced it will remain at Poinsett Plaza and sell the three-building campus nearing […]

For Sale

The South Financial Group, parent of Carolina First, will keep its headquarters in Poinsett Plaza in downtown Greenville and sell the $90 million complex originally planned for the company off I-85, though it plans to use a portion of the new space for some offices while the campus is being marketed. “We determined that the […]