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Former Borden Building on track for early 2023 opening

The historic building that once served as the headquarters of Borden Ice Cream is undergoing transformation and is set to reopen to the public in early 2023.

Located at 711 W. Washington Street, on the periphery of Unity Park, the two-story building will reopen to the public as a Class A mixed-use development with more than 40,000 square feet of commercial space.

Source: Upstate Business Journal

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Former Borden Ice Cream Near Unity Park Becoming Multi-Tenant Offices

On West Washington Street in the Southern side community, a building with a sweet history now rumbles with the sounds of construction equipment. The Borden building — a former ice cream plant for local and eventually national dairy companies — sits on a slight hill above Unity Park and across from the U.S. Post  Office. After the Greenville-based developer Furman Co. bought the property in 2019 and worked to get the structure certified as a historic place, the roughly $13 million project is physically underway.

Source: Post and Courier

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United Community Bank Headquarters Breaks Ground, CEO Receives Order of Palmetto

Ground is broken on the new United Community Bank headquarters at 200 E. Camperdown Way. A crowd of local leaders and statewide lawmakers came together Tuesday, March 29 over 4.2 acres of tilled earth, where construction is now underway on the 118,000 square foot, $70 million headquarters.

Source: Upstate Business Journal

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Village Launch Third Thursday’s begins for 2022 in Poe West

May 18, 2022

If you’re looking for a way to support women and minority-owned businesses and grab some local items and a meal, Third Thursday’s at Poe West is right up your alley.

The Village Launch Third Thursday market is returning on Thursday, May 19th. The market showcases women and minority-owned small businesses and entrepreneurs, many of which have graduated from the Village Launch entrepreneur academy.

More than 15 vendors will be present. There will be a live band, Levelz, as well as a food truck Vegan House Shack and a photo booth.

Source: 7 News WSPA.com

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Long-vacant Borden Building transforming into ‘post-COVID urban lifestyle’ space

May 13, 2022

The historic building that once served as the headquarters of Borden Ice Cream is undergoing a transformation.

Located any 711 W. Washington St., on the periphery of Unity Park, the two-story building will reopen to the public at the start of 2023 as a Class A mixed-use development with more than 40,000 square feet of commercial space.

Spearheaded by the Furman Co., the project will be in line with the company’s restorations of other historic buildings around Greenville, including Claussen Bakery, Key’s Court and, most recently, Poe West in the Village of West Greenville.

Source: Upstate Business Journal

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6AM City moving HQ to Poe West

April 29, 2022

Following years of rapid growth, Greenville-based 6AM City is moving its headquarters to Poe West in the Village of West Greenville.

6AM City specializes in hyperlocal news and operates in 24 markets across the country, according to chief operating officer Ryan Heafy.

Heafy said the company signed a multiyear lease for about 5,000 square feet of office space to support its rapidly growing operations.

With 120 employees — 40 of whom will operate out of the Poe West office — and plans to expand into 50 markets within the next five years, the company remains committed to staying in the community that saw its launch in 2016, Heafy says.

Source: Upstate Business Journal

Claussen Bakery

Claussen Bakery

February 13, 2022

This historic building was originally built in 1930, operating as a commercial bakery until 1973. In 1967, the building was the site of an employee strike in which 22 employees conducted a protest of the bakery’s discriminatory hiring and promotion practices. The NAACP called for the boycott of Claussen Bakery products, leading to Rev. Martin Luther King Jr. paying a visit to Greenville on April 30, 1967. Situated in Greenville's historic West End, this LEED® Silver-certified building was refurbished and converted into a brand new urban mixed-use building in 2014.

Source: Greenville Journal

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United Community Bank HQ design aims to blend with Falls Park, earn WELL certification

December 10, 2021

The new headquarters for United Community Bank initially raised questions about how its location would visually and environmentally impact the Reedy River and Falls Park below.

Once bisected by a highway and neglected, the centerpiece of downtown Greenville has long-since been transformed into a landmark of the Upstate, capturing the attention of travelers and locals alike.

Source: Post and Courier

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Historic ice cream plant in Greenville could be redeveloped for a first near Unity Park

August 5, 2021

Nearly 100 years after it was built to produce ice cream, the old Borden Foods building located at 711 West Washington Street is planned for redevelopment into a mixed-use project.

The Furman Co. development vice president Robert Poppleton said the building will focus on "new approaches to commercial space in a post-COVID environment."

Developers plan for Borden to be the first significant office-focused commercial development in the Unity Park district in Southernside, Poppleton said in a press release.

Source: Greenville News

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Parts of Poe West development in West Greenville to open in first quarter of 2020

January 2, 2020

After nearly four years, Poe West is coming to life.

The 65,000-square-foot creative use development on Perry Avenue is nearing semi-completion, with plans for some tenants to open by the end of the year and others to open by the first quarter of 2020.

The space, including a yet-to-be-named restaurant, should be filled by spring 2020.

Source: Greenville News

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The 2019 Greenville Business Magazine 50 Most Influential and the Hall of Fame

January 2, 2020

Stephen P. Navarro is president and CEO of The Furman Co., Inc. based in Greenville, South Carolina. He oversees Furman's three operating companies that specialize in development, investment advisory services and risk management.

Navarro represents and advises corporate, institutional, and high net-worth individuals. His advisory services has extended to over 23 states and four countries. Until 2014 Steve Navarro was also owner, president and broker-in-charge of CBRE | The Furman Co., the leading brokerage and management firm in the state of South Carolina. In 2014 CBRE, Inc. acquired CBRE | The Furman Co.

Source: Greenville Business Magazine

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ACL Airshop: Grand Opening of Innovative Air Cargo Products Factory May 17 in Greenville SC

May 16, 2019

ACL Airshop, a steadily growing leader in products and services for the global air cargo and airlines industry, will hold the Grand Opening ceremony for its ultramodern new manufacturing center in Greenville SC on Friday May 17, 2019 at 4pm. Called "A Celebration of Aerospace Growth in South Carolina," this ribbon-cutting event highlights the global growth of ACL Airshop. The company has doubled in the past three years. Its fleet of Unit Load Devices such as air cargo pallets and containers ("ULD's") has doubled through aggressive internal investment from under 25,000 units to over 50,000 and steadily increasing. Its supply chain for manufacturing resources stretches from Germany to China and Taiwan, and is now anchored by the large South Carolina production center. The company has doubled its service footprint to more than half of the world's Top 100 air cargo hub airports.

Source: PR Newswire