Once booming Dickinson Avenue corridor at center of Greenville revitalization


GREENVILLE, N.C. (WNCT) – Growth continues in uptown Greenville as new businesses and many housing opportunities come back to the central part of the city.

Part of that is the revitalization of the once booming Dickinson Avenue corridor.

“It should be a sign for the city as a whole and the healthiness of the economy,” said Thomas Taft.

A trip down Dickinson Avenue in Greenville and many things stand out. Some buildings still stuck in time, a reminder of what used to be.

And there are plenty of signs pointing to the future; construction of the new 10th Street Connector and new businesses popping up along the Dickinson corridor.

“Within the next six months, this place will be huge,” said Joanna Thompson, who works at Go Science, a non-profit science museum on Dickinson Avenue. She said it’s exciting to see so many new businesses open nearby since Go Science moved to this location last year. And the growth doesn’t appear to be stopping any time soon. “Jefferson’s Flowers is around the corner now. We’ll have a stand-up comedy club, restaurant, brewery. We have a nano-brewery, Greenville Times, we’ll have an artisan market, restaurant. All types of stuff. Greenville needs, I think, needs like an upscale area for people to go to.”

And for people to live. One 110-year-old building in the 700 block of Dickinson is newly refurbished and looking for tenants.

“Greenville has always had an affinity, unfortunately, for tearing down a lot of old buildings,” said Taft. “So when we found this, we just knew immediately that is was going to end up being sort of a mixed use opportunity with at least two apartments and then some retail space downstairs.”

The Dickinson Avenue lofts are just across the street from one of Taft’s other ventures, Trollingwood Taproom and Brewery.

Both are prime examples of the revitalization going on along Dickinson.

“It’s all about walkability and keeping people able to work, live and play in the same area,” Thompson said. “The folks at Uptown Greenville have been doing a great job with that in the core and Dickinson was the natural next step. We just hope that this is the catalyst for it. We don’t want to be the first or the last, we want to be just a small part to get this kicked off. And I think we’re seeing that already.”

Another factor in the area continuing to grow will be the 10th Street Connector. It’s expected to be open to traffic in early 2019.

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