Upstate Headlines: Sales price of Greenville News site could be record for downtown

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A collection of the top Upstate headlines for the week of December 28, 2015

Sales price of Greenville News site could be record for downtown
Plans for the Camperdown development along Main Street took a big step forward Wednesday when the developer, Centennial American Properties, closed on its purchase of The Greenville News site. Centennial paid $13.25 million for the prominent property of nearly four acres at 305 South Main Street, said Brody Glenn, president of the Greenville real estate development company. The seller was Gannett Co. Inc., parent company of The News

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Get ready to party into 2016
It’s happened again; another year has come and (almost) gone. As 2015 fades into 2016, there are lots of ways to bid the old year farewell and start the new one with a bang. New Year’s Eve is still a few days away, but if you want to get a jump on the planning, here’s a look at the some of the celebrations going on around Greenville…

 

 

SouthernConnector82815hero-635x325Southern Connector toll to increase
Effective Jan. 2, tolls on the Southern Connector will increase by 25 cents on two-axle vehicles, $1.75 total and by 20 cents per axle for multi-axle vehicles. According to officials, this is the first toll increase since early 2012 and no more increases are scheduled until 2020. In 2016, Palmetto Pass members will pay $1.50 as of Jan. 2, a 15-cent increase, and Palmetto Pass multi-axle vehicles will pay an additional 15 cents per axle…

Beer_hero-635x325German beer garden could come to Swamp Rabbit Trail
Downtown Greenville may have a German-style beer garden located alongside the Greenville Health System Swamp Rabbit Trail in 2016. HKV LLC has applied for a special exception permit to establish a beer garden at 1 Riley Street at the corner of Westfield Street. Partner Frank Krimmel said the 3,500-square-foot site would have a 1,200-square-foot serving area and capacity for approximately 144 people…

635869144263454061-IMG-2364Fountain Inn businesses grow as second Bojangles’ opens
When it comes to national chain businesses, there was a time not long ago that Fountain Inn barely offered one of anything. Now the city can claim two of something. Fountain Inn’s second Bojangles’ restaurant opened for business at 5:30 a.m. Monday morning. A few hours later, the new Harrison Bridge Road location held a ribbon-cutting ceremony that was attended by city officials as well as Rep. Garry Smith…