Upstate Headlines: The West End’s New Beginning

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A collection of the top Upstate headlines for the week of August 3, 2015.

The West End’s New Beginning– Come 2016, Greenville’s West End – once a conglomeration of old, worn-down warehouses and lower-income housing – will be a completely different place. Properties that stood vacant for decades are fetching millions of dollars from developers anxious to meet the high demand of those wanting to live, work and play in downtown Greenville…

Report: Airfares expected to drop in fall– Flying domestically from South Carolina is expected to get cheaper as fall months approach. According to Hopper, a Canadian company that analyzes airfare data, airfares from Greenville-Spartanburg International Airport are expected to go down by 4.6% in the next month as airfares across the country are anticipated to drop…

Downtown Greenville is on a roll- again– Downtown Greenville continues to enjoy a local, regional and national buzz as a great place to work, live and play. A conversation about downtown real estate usually turns to the question, “Is there sufficient demand for all of the housing coming on the market?” Beyond that question is a bigger one: “Are we ready to provide all of the services needed for this growth?”…

City of Clemson poised to pounce on 354 acres along route– The city of Clemson is set to grow significantly with a new 354-acre proposed master plan along Highway 76 that will include 1,500 housing units and 500,000 square feet of commercial space on property currently owned by Pacolet Milliken…

Rebranding Taylors– Not knowing where your town stops and starts can make development a hard road, says one-time Taylors resident Tripp Muldrow. That’s why a new brand and signage – announced this week – will go a long way in building community, energizing activity and growing business in the unincorporated town…

Scouting Nashville: The Pinewood Social Club– The Pinewood Social Club is an excellent example of an adaptive and mixed-use development anchored by an entertainment, dining and social establishment in Nashville’s Rolling Mill Hill neighborhood. A similar development would be a welcome addition to Greenville’s popular music, dining and social scene…

183,000 SF retirement community coming to Five Forks– Construction is set to begin this month in the Five Forks area of Simpsonville on a new senior retirement community called The Crossings at Five Forks, offering independent living, assisted living and memory-care services…

Clemson alumni pledge $1.7M for entrepreneurs– A group of Clemson University alumni have initiated a $1.7 million pledge to encourage entrepreneurship.The group formed the Spiro Founder Society, which offers to match, up to $1.7 million, all donations made to the Arthur M. Spiro Institute for Entrepreneurial Leadership…