Plush Mill development planned for former West Greenville industrial complex

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A developer plans to create 24,000 square feet of “creative” office space directly across U.S. 123 from the St. Francis Downtown hospital in the latest proposed redevelopment of a former textile mill in West Greenville.

The developer, Mark Peters of Fountain Inn, said he plans to put the office space in a 1925 mill building that fronts U.S. 123 where it intersects with Traction Street.

The development, to be called Plush Mill, will feature open space, high ceilings, original flooring, exposed brick walls and skylights, according to a marketing brochure from CBRE, a commercial real estate brokerage that’s been hired to lease the office space.

Piedmont Plush Mills was founded in 1925. Photo from the Coxe Collection, Greenville County Historical Society.

Piedmont Plush Mills was founded in 1925. Photo from the Coxe Collection, Greenville County Historical Society.

Peters, who bought the dilapidated industrial complex through a limited liability corporation in October, said he’s aiming to have it ready for tenants by August of next year.

“I’m interested in this site for its significance to the community and as a brownfield redevelopment as well as the opportunity to rehabilitate the historic textile mill,” said Peters, who, in addition to being a developer, is president of Britt, Peters and Associates, a Greenville civil and structural engineering firm.

plush-mill-site-planPeters said he’ll demolish structures on the site that were added after construction of the original mill building and have no historical significance.

He said part of the office space could become retail space in the future and that he’s thinking about putting a self-storage facility on part of the property outside of the historic mill.

No leases have yet been signed, he said.

The original mill, which has banks of 24-pane windows on both sides, was designed by J.E. Sirrine, a well-known architect of the time, and was the first in South Carolina to make plush, a fabric with a soft and luxurious feel, according to historical research on the property.

The former business, called Piedmont Plush Mill, operated 28 looms on the site by 1939 and sold plush, mohair, velour and auto upholstery, according to the research. It closed in 1983.

Peters has asked for the triangular, 2.94-acre property to be rezoned and annexed into the city of Greenville. The Greenville Planning Commission is scheduled to take up his request during a 4 p. m. meeting at City Hall on Thursday, Dec. 15.

Plans to redevelop two other former textile mills in West Greenville have surfaced in recent weeks.

At the former Judson Mill just down U.S. 123, North Carolina developer Belmont Sayre has proposed 190,000 square feet of office/warehouse/light manufacturing space in three buildings, 402,800 square feet of residential space in three buildings, and 60,000 square feet of retail space in two new buildings.

At the former Woodside Cotton Mill along Woodside Avenue, a developer plans 300 apartments, a general store, offices, an event venue, a brewery or restaurant and possibly townhomes, according to an annexation petition filed by Woodside Mill Properties LLC.

Top: Rendering and site plan by SGA Architecture

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