ICYMI: Biz news from around the Upstate

Upstate SC Alliance to relocate to CU-ICAR … Greenville planners update residents on progress revamping zoning regs … and plans for Gateway mixed-use development gain initial approval from Design Review Board. These are just a few headlines in the past month you might have missed from the Upstate Business Journal.

Chipotle Mexican Grill featuring Chipotlane. Photo provided.

Chipotle Mexican Grill opens drive-thru Cherrydale area location

Chipotle Mexican Grill opened a Cherrydale area location in June.

The restaurant, which is located at 3116 N. Pleasantburg Drive, is one of two Greenville locations with a Chipotlane, a drive-thru to pick up online orders.

Chipotle has three other Greenville locations on Haywood, Woodruff and Pelham roads.

Upstate SC Alliance to relocate to CU-ICAR

Upstate SC Alliance, a public-private economic development organization, relocated to a 5,382-square-foot office space at Clemson University International Center for Automotive Research in Greenville on July 1.

“The collaborative, public-private atmosphere of CU-ICAR is one of many assets we share to showcase how the Upstate meets industry success, uniting research, workforce development and corporate presences,” said Upstate SC Alliance President and CEO John Lummus. “It’s a great central location for welcoming business leaders to the Upstate as they tour the region and explore how their companies can prosper here.”

DoubleTree by Hilton in North Redington Beach, Florida.
Photo provided by OTO Development.

Spartanburg-based OTO Development acquires DoubleTree by Hilton in Florida

OTO Development, a hotel development and hospitality management company based in Spartanburg, acquired the DoubleTree by Hilton in North Redington Beach, Florida, for an undisclosed sum, the organization announced July 18.

The seven-story, 125-room hotel features:

  • Beach views from most guest rooms
  • Veranda
  • Tiki hut adjacent to an outdoor pool
  • A 1,272-square-foot meeting room

This property is the 10th oceanfront property OTO has purchased since the fourth quarter of 2018 and one of seven along the coastlines of Florida.

Photo by John Olson

Greenville planners update citizens on progress revamping zoning regs

Greenville city planners and members of the consulting team helping to revamp the city’s zoning and land-use code updated residents on progress during a virtual presentation July 13.

The effort is part of the city’s strategic GVL2040 vision to improve the city’s livability as it continues to experience rapid growth.

Assistant city manager Shannon Lavrin opened the meeting and said this seventh installment in the series would explore work on developing new zoning districts and uses and how the city will help shape development plans going forward.

For more information, visit the city’s code portal at greenvillesc.gov/182/Greenville-Development-Code.

View from Church Street at the terraced steps. Renderings/images provided by Johnston Design Group

Plans for Gateway mixed-use development gain initial approval from Design Review Board

Plans for a major mixed-use development as part of the Greenville Gateway initiative were among several applications to receive initial approval from the city’s Design Review Board Urban Panel at its July 7 meeting.

The panel unanimously approved plans for the project on the old site of the Greenville Memorial Auditorium that will include:

  • 300 apartments
  • 6,600 square feet of commercial space
  • 6,700 square feet of restaurant/amenity space
  • 335 on-site parking spaces

The project is being developed by Miami-based NR Investments with design being led by Greenville’s Johnston Design Group. The panel’s approval was limited to the project’s scale and material concepts at this early stage of project design. Project organizers are planning to provide more detailed plans to the panel at a later date.

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