A collection of the top Upstate headlines for the week of November 21, 2016
Falls Park office building stirs opposition
The walk across the Liberty Bridge is a familiar one by now — where it begins with all the vibrancy of the grand main entrance to Falls Park, it ends at a cul-de-sac surrounded by law firms and a parking garage. This is where pedestrians either turn back around or divert along a winding sidewalk to reconnect with South Main Street. It’s along that path that a small sliver of land — wooded, dormant and long assumed to be a part of the park — now sits in the middle of a debate over the next chapter of the park’s transformation.
Park for free on Thanksgiving and Black Friday
Downtown visitors will be able to park for free on Thanksgiving Day and Black Friday. The City of Greenville announced plans to offer free parking at all of its facilities on Nov. 24 and 25 starting at 6 a.m. Greenlink will also provide free downtown trolley service all day on Black Friday. There will be extended service hours of 10 a.m. to 11 p.m. Find a list of City parking locations at parking.greenvillesc.gov.
The region claims its space as a beer tourism destination
The concept of “beer tourism” might sound like the latest hipster trend, or perhaps a response to the explosion of interest in craft beer. But the concept has existed in some form since breweries themselves began. In the Carolinas, longstanding brewery institutions, like RJ Rockers and Thomas Creek in South Carolina and Highland Brewing Co. in North Carolina, have been happily reaping the benefits of booze-related travel just as much as younger companies like the Upstate’s Brewery 85 and Quest Brewing.
Mile-long sewer tunnel planned under downtown Greenville
Next year construction will begin on a $46-million, mile-long sewer tunnel that will go under Greenville’s downtown business. The project, known as DIG Greenville and under the guidance of Renewable Water Resources (ReWa), is designed as a solution to Greenville’s future sewer needs. The tunnel will be 100 feet underground and go from Hudson Street to Cleveland Park.
Lockheed Martin tests T-50A over Greenville
The entrant into a Air Force competition to be the next training jet for fighter pilots has made its first flight over Greenville. Lockheed Martin completed the first flight operations of the T-50A on Saturday. “Flight operations are in full swing at the Greenville facility,” said Rob Fuller, communications senior manager for Lockheed Martin in Marietta, Ga. The aircraft’s final assembly and check-out will be at the company’s Greenville Operations facility located at the S.C. Technology and Aviation Center.