We've been focused on downtown revitalization for more than a decade.
So while we still have plenty of room to grow, we're also way past the "pretty-pictures-on-paper" stage. Here is just a sample of what's happened so far:
(Note: This is the spot we're holding for CH2M Hill. Right here. Just say the word.)
- City Council and the local ownership group of the Downtown Marriott & Conference Center enter into an agreement for the 3 acres situated directly behind the Marriott for a significant new mixed-use development.
- Harvest Park — the new $1.6 million home to the Hub City Farmer's Market, a large urban garden, cafe, and culinary training program — set to open in August. Located just seven-tenths of a mile from the CH2M Hill site.
- $14.4 million in improvements, including major runway extension project, announced for the Downtown Memorial Airport. The investment promises to make the City's general aviation airport among the finest of its kind anywhere in the country.
- There were nearly 50 business openings, residential developments, project announcements, new events and other projects in downtown last year. Some of the highlights are listed below (and for the complete list, click here):
- Spartanburg Community College opens its downtown campus in renovated historic Evans Building ($8.5 million)
- City Council approves eight downtown streetscaping/bicycle-pedestrian connectivity projects ($2.3 million)
- First Main Street Challenge awards $12,000 to each of three winning businesses that open in formerly vacant downtown storefronts.
- West Main Streetscape Improvements ($325,000)
- Edward Via College of Osteopathic Medicine opens. ($30 million) Learn more and see the VCOM campus.
- City completes $4.4 million in upgrades and renovations to Downtown Memorial Airport.
- USC Upstate's George Dean Johnson Jr. School of Business opens. ($26 million)
- RJ Rockers Brewing Co. moves from its industrial park location off Business 85 to its newly renovated space on West Main Street, just a block west of Morgan Square. Read the story about the move and the local partnership that made it happen here.
- City Council adopts Downtown Code and Downtown Master Plan. In so doing, Spartanburg became the first municipality in South Carolina to adopt a form-based building code for its central business district. Remember, we like to be first.
- Chapman Cultural Center opens. ($42 million)
- Morgan Square renovation ($2.5 million)
- 240-room Marriott Hotel & Conference Center opens. ($40 million)
- Seven new corporate headquarters, including the One Morgan Square building pictured below, plus two other spec Class-A office buildings have been constructed in Downtown Spartanburg. All this new Class A space is occupied. Total investment of more than $80 million.
- More than 200 new or renovated residential units have been completed. Downtown residential occupancy rates remain above 90 percent.
- City investment of more than $25 million in three new downtown parking garages to support development.
- New Downtown Headquarters Library opens ($14.6 million). It's considered one of the best libraries anywhere. Seriously.