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  1. Aug Smith on Main (Bishop Furniture building renovation)

    I thinks its wonderful that Spartanburg Methodist College wants to promote itself downtown. Sure, I'd love to have something more substantive in the space but I see a win-win here. A win for the building and developer - they get a solid tenant, and a win for SMC - it gets to promote itself to a growing number of people who are living, working, and visiting downtown. You never know, SMC could become another Spartanburg school with classes downtown. SMC's president seems intent on improving the school's presence and visibility. Bravo to his efforts!
  2. Sparkle City Eateries

    Glad to know you liked Mexcal and gave it an "excellent" review. This type of Mexican restaurant ups the ante in Spartanburg's ethnic offerings.
  3. Bon Haven to be demolished?

    I hope all who opine on the Bon Haven matter won't put all the blame on the Cleveland family. They're no longer influential or as wealthy or as involved in the community as they once were. However, their philanthropy was generous and well meaning. Many years ago South Church Street (between Church Street Lofts and Marion Avenue) was lined with large homes. When the street was widened (circa 1968) the homes were torn down. However, by then they were decrepit and in poor condition. In hindsight maybe they should have been left alone. At one time they may have been "grand" but I remember them as eyesores. I don't remember grand homes on North Church Street but that could have been before my time.
  4. Westgate Watcher

    Big Lots seems like a good fit for that shopping center.
  5. Spartanburg Area Economic Developments

    I believe that the Eastside, while attractive, lacks adequate highway "connectivity" to I-85 and points south.
  6. Greater Spartanburg Projects & Developments

    I was in Inman the other day and noticed workers were gutting the old Inman Mills plant. A couple of years ago I heard that facility was going to be repurposed into apartments / condos. It appears something is happening there too.
  7. Any word on the ground floor retail component of this project?
  8. Spartanburg Area Economic Developments

    Good news about Spartanburg's residential real estate market.
  9. Sparkle City Eateries

    This seems like a great move for The Farmer's Table. The Kennedy Street spot is too small and not visible from the street. And, with the real estate office going in adjacent this should be a win-win-win.
  10. Aug Smith on Main (Bishop Furniture building renovation)

    From Dunbar and Liberty Street with a good view of the penthouse floors.
  11. The Montgomery Building

    From the southwest corner of Church and St. John Street. Most of the old exterior cladding has been removed from ground floor.
  12. From the Herald-Journal headquarters building. September 9, 2017.
  13. AC Hotel on West Main

    From the downtown library. September 9, 2017
  14. Downtown Projects & Developments

    Looks to me as a speculative purchase. Nothing tells me this buyer can develop this property into anything substantive.
  15. Renaissance Park Projects & Developments

    I'm sure somebody on this forum will find an aesthetic objection to this building but i see it has something new and bold. I've felt that too many new structures downtown mimic Spartanburg's mill village past rather than being bold and contemporary. This could be the long-awaited catalyst for Renaissance Park. I'm excited. If true, the comment that the Marriott has 300 guests a night makes me wonder if a new hotel announcement is imminent. Thoughts?