|Burdette Central Outdoor Space|
It seems that downtown Simpsonville SC has several developments on tap that will bring more places to eat and commune this year.
- Burdette Central Outdoor Space – at the corner of Curtis and Main Streets, new life is coming to the Burdette Building. The original building was built at the turn of the 20th century and is on the National Register of Historic Places. It will become a mixed-use development with restaurants, retail shops and office space revolving around current and new tenants. There will also be an outdoor space for community gatherings with a stage, lawn and outdoor seating. The developers, Four Oaks Property Group, chose Simpsonville due to it “excellent demographics.”
- Sidewall Pizza – a new tenant for the Burdette Central spaces. This will be their sixth location with the same menu across all sites. With a knack for opening spots in growing communities, Sidewall Pizza is excited in working with the developers to include their brand in a growing community.
- Kaffeine Coffee Shop and Roastery – another addition to the Burdette Central space, they bring a unique style to making coffee. They seek out “the best of the best” for their beans and do their own roasting on site. They will also serve pastries, muffins and other light fare. They became attracted to Simpsonville SC because of the community and warmth of the people living here.
- South Main Street Plaza and Public Restroom – across from the Ice Cream Station work has begun on a public plaza and restrooms. The city is providing the funds for this project from the hospitality tax funds to provide public restrooms that can be used year-round. It should be opened in late spring.
It is a good thing to have controlled growth especially if your local base is also growing. Providing enough places to eat in a burgeoning economy will excite the locals and bring in more tax revenue from visitors who will begin to make Simpsonville SC a destination vacation instead of a pass-through.
Lawmakers in Greenville SC are hoping to push along the stalled convention center project on the Reedy River by asking for $5 million in state tax money to help with funding. The plan is to build it on the vacant land next to the Embassy Suites in RiverPlace. Cost to build the center will likely top out at $50 to $60 million but there are plans to use the facility as an art museum. The city and county would also be required to contribute funds and their will be private donations as well. It has been noted that there is a need for a convention center. The reason for the push for a new center is due to the results of a feasibility study done on the existing center. In the words of the report, “it should be mothballed.” The existing center, which was built in 1964, may still have it use for housing larger trade and convention shows such as card shows and home and garden shows. The newer downtown center would attract the higher-end business-related convention market which is seeking out interesting places across the country.
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