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  1. jmwspg

    Boiling Springs Developments

    I'm glad to hear that a few things will be built near 85. I live close to the interstate and driving into B.S. from here can be a hassle sometimes. Does anyone know if the old Ingle's is ever going to be used for anything? That seems like a great location and I'm sick of looking at that old empty building.
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    Greater Spartanburg Projects & Developments

    That rumor has been around for a long time. At one point BMW had optioned a very large tract of land on lake Blalock. People I know on the lake said there was enough local opposition to cause BMW to cancel the project. It would make sense for BMW to be here. I mean, who wants to live in NJ?
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    What would you destroy?

    I'd like to see the historic and somewhat interesting Greenville Auditorium blown up and a huge ugly hole left in it's place. Oh, wait...
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    GSP International

    I've heard that Southwest was more interested in Charlotte than GSP, but would not move there as long as USScareways continues to fly. I also hear Southwest approached GSP, but our gate fees are higher than they would like. Man, I sure hope Independence can stay in business.
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    GSP International

    Well, used to be that the entire airport was a lower concourse. I can remember how excited everyone was about the new elevated concourses when they were built. Hooray for jetways! Oh, well maybe GSP jumped the gun, but who knew regional jets would become so popular? Even today I'm relieved when I come in on a late flight and they let us walk in at the ramp level, instead of having to climb the stairs just to go back down again.
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    Greater Spartanburg Projects & Developments

    That would be a great thing. I've been in the theater and it's is amazing. From what I could tell, it's mostly intact. The old curtains are hanging, the ceiling is in place, and most of the decoration is there. The exception is that some of the seats are missing where the hallway for the rear entrance cuts right through the middle of the theater. The building was designed by Lockwood Greene back in the late 1920's. Legend has it that because the depression started just about the time the building was finished, the owners could not pay LG their fee. So a deal was struck to allow LG to rent space in the building for cheap. I don't know if this is true or not, but the story is a good one and LG has had offices there off and on since. In fact, for a time while I was at LG, we occupied two floors in the Montgomery building because the headquarters building on I-26 was just slam full. The original drawings of the front elevation are framed and hanging in LG's offices. There used to be a marqee for the theater hanging over the right-hand-side front door. I think it had to be taken down when Church St. was widented years ago. I think it would be great if Church St. was moved over to allow the awnings and marquee to be reinstalled. I'm sure LG has all of the original architectural drawings for the building, so restoration information should be easy to come by. Restoration would probably be expensive, expecially if it becomes residential. The elevators are wonky and the staircases are impossibly narrow. There's no way they would meet code today. Lots of work would be required, I'm sure. As far as ownership of the building is concerned, I hear the bank owns it now.