A collection of the top Upstate headlines for the week of April 10, 2017
Grand Bohemian plans at Liberty Bridge revealed
The east landing of the Liberty Bridge will change dramatically beginning as soon as next year with plans for a Grand Bohemian hotel and civic lawn that were revealed Tuesday afternoon to members of City Council. The East Gateway Master Plan envisions a shared plaza and distinct entrance into the east side of the park. It would be the introduction to the East Gateway District, which will include the Camperdown development currently under way at the site of the old Greenville News building.
Review: ‘Something Rotten!’ generates fresh laughs
There’s a fine line between clever and nutty (to paraphrase the would-be rock stars of the mockumentary “This is Spinal Tap”), and “Something Rotten!” gleefully tap-dances all over it. If you’re looking for a few laughs, or if you’ve ever wondered why no one’s thought to make a musical with tap-dancing grim reapers singing peppy songs about bubonic plague, “Something Rotten!” is worth your time. “Something Rotten!” runs through Sunday at the Peace Center. For more info, go to www.peacecenter.org.
Drayton Mills project praised for role in economic growth in Spartanburg
Gov. Henry McMaster lauded the vision of developers, who transformed the historic mill into a multimillion-dollar housing and commercial complex. “This has all developed right here with the spirit and the innovation and the ideas of people right here in the community,” McMaster said. “You can look out the window and see the great potential that this has.” Tenants that will be opening soon include Rick Erwin’s restaurant The Standard: A Refined Kitchen; Mozza Roasters, Bella Latte and Melotte Enterprises, a coffee roaster, coffee shop and corporate headquarters; and Burn Boot Camp of Spartanburg.
State plans expansion of Greenville’s Chestnut Ridge Heritage Preserve
The South Carolina Department of Natural Resources plans to purchase 48 acres of private property in northern Greenville County that will expand the state’s Chestnut Ridge Heritage Preserve and Wildlife Management Area. The state’s purchase of the 48 acres, if successful, would connect the Greenville Watershed and a piece of SCDNR land on the northern side of the Chestnut Ridge Heritage Preserve, providing a corridor of protected properties from the North Carolina state line to Oak Grove Road, according to Lucas. The Chestnut Ridge Heritage Preserve and Wildlife Management Area currently comprises about 1,800 acres off Highway 11 in northern Greenville County. It’s currently used for hunting, fishing, hiking, and other recreational activities.
Public art project installed in the Northside of Spartanburg
Four public “artlet” installations were unveiled Tuesday evening in the city of Spartanburg’s Northside neighborhood. The project, under the leadership of Spartanburg artist Eli Blasko, community organizer Janet Kagan and the Chapman Cultural Center, involved building four wooden gazebo-like structures in the Northside for residents to enjoy. The artlets are located at 159 W. Pearl St., 225 Milan St., 297 Farley St. and the corner of Farley and Brawley streets. The structures were built with the idea that they can be relocated if and when necessary, Blasko said.