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Friday, June 25, 2010

Fourth Of July in Greenville, Woodside Mills Redevelopment, Matrix Technology Park, Roper Mountain Planetarium

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Woodside Mills Redevelopment

ConstructionRedevelopment of Greenville's west side is stirring with a North Carolina developer's announcement to refit the famous Woodside Mills which is just outside the city limits. Built in 1902, Woodside mills was once the largest cotton mill in the world, but finally abandoned operations in 2006 as textile jobs exited to overseas locations. But it looks like there may be new life coming for this historic mill that includes 500,000 square feet of factory on 14 acres and 343 surviving mill houses. Developer Josh Parker wants to convert the factory space into market rate apartments, office, and retail space. This could really kick off economic development in an area that is very near to the popular downtown Greenville scene. The City of Greenville has agreed to annex this property, which will qualify the project for the HUD 220 program that aims to help regenerate urban areas hit hard by economic and industrial changes. Adjacent to Woodside Mills, the newly opened and very popular Swamp Rabbit pedestrian/biking trail is seeing a lot of use; these types of trails usually bring developmental interest to the area through which they run. In other news around the west side, Parker High School will see renovation in the fall of 2010, and The Westside Family Grocery opened this year in a former Winn Dixie site that had been empty for years.

Fireworks Downtown will be Huge

July 4th will be upon us in a couple of weeks and the City of Greenville is a planning their usual gala of fireworks downtown. Not only are the fireworks the largest in South Carolina, but you’ll find several musical events and a Kid Zone starting at 5:00. The Greenville Symphony Orchestra will perform at the Peace Center amphitheater but seating is limited, so you might want to get there early for first-come first-serve seating. This has been a popular event in the past and with 75,000 expected to attend, YellowBook.com ranked it in Southeast's top ten fireworks displays.

Matrix Technology Park Set to Attract Businesses
The Matrix Technology Park has been certified by the South Carolina Department of Commerce as a S.C Certified Cite, which identifies it as "shovel ready" for industries seeking immediate development. This is an important step for the 1,100-acre master planned industrial park which has struggled over the years due to economic downturns. Businesses looking for an industrial, warehouse/distribution, R&D, or headquarter campus site will find the The Matrix very competitive. AT&T, Duke Energy, and Piedmont Natural Gas partnered with The Matrix to offset the costs associated with the certification process.

Roper Mountain Planetarium
If you've been to the Roper Mountain Science Center’s Planetarium for presentation of Starry Nights, you would have noticed that the show seemed a bit antiquated on their 23-year old projector system. That should change later this year when exciting new full-dome projectors are installed, enabling the center to utilize high definition digital technology that will resemble an IMAX theater with a dome and surround sound. Plus, data can be downloaded daily as new features to the star field are updated from the 9,000 satellites orbiting Earth. The facility is owned by the Greenville County School System and is used to train teachers state-wide as well as produce public programs. However, no public funds will be used for the projector upgrade and all monies for the project will be from the Center’s charitable arm.

Greenville SC Weather
Current Weather
Wow, it's a heat wave out there this week. Look out for highs in the mid 90s and a high heat index. We'll probably see some localized thunderstorms through Saturday that might cool things off a bit.