GREENVILLE, N.C. (WNCT) – Business owners are working to revitalize an up-and-coming section of Greenville between West Ninth Street and Dickinson Avenue.
One Dickinson Avenue building, built in the 1920s, was once home to the Coca-Cola bottling plant. By next April, the building may house six townhouses, a restaurant and a new brewery.
“If we can preserve our history and bring new life into it, we will succeed at achieving a great downtown,” said Bianca Shoneman, Uptown Greenville president.
From brick walls to an open floor plan, Pitt Street Brewing Company owner Micheal Glenn said it is bound to attract customers to the once forgotten part of Greenville.
“It’s just adding to the ability to walk downtown with the 10th Street Connector coming behind us here,” Glenn said. “It’s just going to funnel more people into this area.”
Glenn also owns Jefferson’s Florist. In June, the company relocated to Ninth Street, which is considered part of the Dickinson Avenue art district.
He said this portion of Greenville is growing, even though construction is constant for the 10th Street Connector Project.
“I think this is the natural direction of expansion,” said Glenn. “I think Dickinson has a nice quite of inventory of buildings that have not yet been refurbished.”
Glenn is ready to see more business owners moving to the area, and he said right now his main focus is reviving the old Coca Cola plant.
“We are feeling really good about all the pieces coming together and getting things really kicked off in 2017,” Glenn said.
The Whirligig Stage theater on Dickinson Avenue is also planning to open in December.