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#YeahTHATAgenda: BullStreet in NYT, A Tiny Home Barista Alley, Latin-Asian Restaurant in Charleston, the Bee Gees Sue Columbia Bar

Jul 24, 2019 07:42AM ● By Chris Haire

Columbia's BullStreet District gets positive press from the New York Times: The 181-acre BullStreet redevelopment project was spotlighted by the NYT on Tuesday, with the Old Gray Lady discussing the site's transformation from an abandoned mental hospital to a Hughes Development Corporation-led mixed-use project--and all the bumps along the way. 

Today, BullStreet is home to the international Capgemini tech firm, Bone-In Barbecue, and the Columbia Fireflies. The site will soon welcome a 20,000 square-foot REI Co-op store and the Merrill Gardens active senior community.

Across South Carolina, large derelict sites are being reborn as bustling mixed-use projects, often with an eye on capturing the pocket-book attention of millennials. Across the state, the projects have focused primarily on old warehouses and mills, massive structures suitable for loft apartments, office space, and various retail and entertainment amenities (see Taylors Mill in Greenville, Drayton Mill in Spartanburg, and the Cigar Factory Charleston).

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Greer's Barista Alley is opening its second outpost later Friday at Lake Walk Community, a tiny house subdivision offering under-400 square-feet homes for $80,000 or less, the coffee shop announced on Facebook. Community residents also have to pay a monthly lease of $450 to live at the Lake Cunningham site. The fee includes water, power, sewage, and trash. 

Barista Alley first opened in Greer Station in May 2017 and has been one of the more recent additions to the steadily redeveloping area.

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1.2 Million Square Feet: The amount of industrial space currently under construction in the Columbia market. New industrial construction should be completed by the end of Q4 2019. (Colliers International)
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From a Dodge Caravan to a 50,000-square-foot building, meet Easley's T-shirt empire (Greenville News)

Hotel Could Be Constructed Over Columbia’s Lady Street Garage (Free Times)

Bee Gees estate sues SC bar over alleged copyright infringement (WIS-TV)

60 Seconds With James Chavez, South Carolina Power Team (Business Facilities)

Will Taiwan Get the 66 New Greenville-built F-16V Fighters It Desperately Wants? (The National Interest)

Orangeburg’s Mayer plant closing after half-century, Zeus interested in buying facility (Times and Democrat)
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$912 Million: The amount in tax-exempt hospital revenue bonds Prisma Health is using to refinance the debt of the Greenville Health System and Palmetto Health, which officially merged earlier this year. The bonds have been granted by the S.C. Jobs-Economic Development Authority, which offers tax-exempt bonds to manufacturing facilities, 501(c)(3) orgs, and solid waste disposal facilities. (JEDA)

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Asian, Latin-inspired Dashi is now open in North Charleston (Post and Courier)

NBC's 'Today' names Greenville ice-cream shop among the 'absolute best' in US (Greenville News)

Holy City Brewing and EVO make one delicious team downtown at Baker & Brewer (Charleston City Paper)

Court dismisses 4 counts against former Nephron Pharmaceuticals employee in trade secrets case (Florida Record)

Biltmore Estate fined for violating worker visa program, federal inspectors say (Charlotte Observer)

New USC president Caslen: 'It’s time to move forward' (SCBiz)

Positive Trend For Boeing 787 (Seeking Alpha)

Upfitter for SC-made Mercedes vans to build for Amazon (Post and Courier)

8 projects totaling $121M, 198 jobs move forward in Spartanburg County (GoUpstate.com)

U.S. Secretary of Education DeVos tours Nephron Pharmaceuticals (SCBiz)

Greer merchants, leaders believe blessings will follow redeveloped downtown (Greenville News)

Council members approve 40-acre mixed use Pinestone development in Travelers Rest (TR Tribune)

Clemson employees raise concerns over air quality (Independent-Mail)
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9: The number of Chicken Salad Chick restaurants that will be in operation in South Carolina following the completion of a recently announced location in Spartanburg. The Hub City location will be at United Community Plaza. 449 East Main Street. The Auburn, Ala.-based chain was founded in 2008 by Stacy Brown and her late husband Kevin.

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Hires and Honors

Columbia attorney Michael R. Burchstead of Collins & Lacy began his term as a council member for the S.C. Bar Governmental Law Section on July 1. Burchstead will serve as a council member until at least 2022, when his term expires.
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