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#THATAgenda: Roadwork in Village of West Greenville, John Warren Exits Lima: Are Politics in His Future?, SCBIO News, Charleston Housing Crisis, Citadel Hunger Strike

Sep 18, 2019 11:19AM ● By Chris Haire
Road, sidewalk and sewer work set for Village of West Greenville: Business in the Village of West Greenville is about to be disrupted for approximately 75 days as the City of Greenville carries out Phase 6 of its redevelopment work. The construction project will impact the south side of Pendleton Street from Traction Street to Irvine Street -- aka the side of the road with Brains on Fire and GB&D.

The work will include "street resurfacing, grading, curb and gutter, drainage, concrete sidewalk with medallions, building waterproofing, landscaping, lighting, and sanitary sewer removal and replacement," according to the city. 

The Village of West Greenville has been home to an ambitious redevelopment project in recent years, with the area becoming a popular destination for diners and arts lovers. Noteworthy eateries include The Anchorage, GB&D, The Village Grind, Neo Burrito and the Growler Haus, while the area is the new home for long-time Greenville creative agency Brains on Fire. --Chris Haire

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Former GOP gubernatorial candidate John Warren exits the company he founded, Lima One Capital: In 2018 Lima One founder and chairman John Warren bested three other Republicans in the GOP primary to land a spot in the runoff with Gov. Henry McMaster. 

Although Warren later lost that runoff, he captured 47% of the vote -- an impressive number, especially for a candidate with little to no name recognition across the state in a competition with an incumbent. 

Coupled with this week's earlier announcement that Warren has exited the Greenville-based company he founded in 2011 -- selling off his majority ownership stake to his minority partners -- speculation has arisen that the former infantry officer will continue pursing a political career. So far there has been no word on that front, but we expect to know more about that soon enough. 

Be on the look out for a report from longtime Greenville business journalist David Dykes. 

According to Vote Smart, Warren invested $3.5 million of his own money in his campaign, which brought in a grand total of $4.2 million.

Currently, Lima One has more than 160 full-time employees and is headquartered in Greenville. --Chris Haire

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Charleston at the "epicenter" of housing crises in S.C., according to new report (Charleston City Paper)

Greenville getting closer to downtown conference center (SC Biz News)

Charlotte developer eyes industrial park at former Moncks Corner nursery (Post & Corner)

Apartments, townhouses and cottages: See Greenville County's latest development trends (Greenville News)

Here’s what’s at stake as Horry County Council ponders 20 years of population growth (Myrtle Beach Online)

Savannah River Site contractor wins national safety award for mercury monitoring (Aiken Standard)

Greenwood child care workers struggle to make ends meet (Index Journal)

Carolina Panthers land contract moves NFL team closer to its new Rock Hill facility (The State)

NorthPointe construction continues in Greenville, actively leasing restaurant and retail spaces  (Upstate Business Journal)

Millwood Avenue Starbucks Project Gets Zoning Approval from Columbia Board (Free Times)

Old Greer mill on new path toward redevelopment after initial rezoning request is approved (Greenville News)

GE putting $60 million into this SC plant (The State)

Still Water restaurant owners in downtown Greer looking to sell business (Greer Citizen)

Lewis Barbecue owner travels to New Mexico seeking inspiration for new downtown Charleston food trailer (Post & Courier)

Abrupt school board resignations leave city of Aiken largely unrepresented (Aiken Standard)

Citadel cadets plan hunger strike, citing poor food conditions (Post & Courier)
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SCBIO 2019 News: Johnson & Johnson Innovation Leader Michal Preminger set to join annual life sciences conference. Preminger will be among 40 national speakers at SCBIO 2019 and will deliver the conference's keynote speech entitled “Innovation for a Better Tomorrow." The conference takes place October 29-31 at the Hyatt Regency in downtown Greenville. You can register here.
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Hires & Honors

Tindall Corporation’s vice president of human resources, Kelly Mendez-Scheib, was named South Carolina’s Human Resources Professional of the Year by the S.C Chamber of Commerce for her HR expertise as well as contributions to Tindall and to the Upstate community. Kelly currently serves as the HR executive across all six Tindall divisions. (Tindall)

Columbia restaurant Bourbon was recently named one of the top whiskey bars in the South Region by The Bourbon Review. With over 400 whiskeys from around the world, the bar boasts the largest selection in the Southeast. Bourbon's bar is helmed by nationally recognized bartender, Kat Hunter. (Bourbon)

NAI Charleston has added Ryan Carmody to their brokerage team as an associate. Carmody’s real estate experience involves landlord and tenant representation for medical and general office leasing, investment sales and property management. (NAI Charleston)

WYFF 4 in Greenville has announced Parella Lewis is joining the WYFF News 4 weather team. She will anchor weather on Saturday and Sunday mornings alongside news anchor Dana Griffin. Lewis comes to WYFF 4 from Seattle, Washington where she spent 12 years forecasting weather. (WYFF)

On Thursday, October 3, 2019, the Columbia Chamber will honor Judi Gatson as the Military Advocate of the Year at the 117th Annual Gala, presented by BlueCross BlueShield of South Carolina. For the past two years, Gatson and WIS-TV have highlighted stories about local military veterans and the military community as part of their “Year of the Veteran” segments. (Columbia Chamber)

Homewood Suites by Hilton Greenville Downtown has been recognized with a 2018 Hilton Legacy Award for New Build of the Year for the Homewood Suites by Hilton brand. Located in the West End, this Homewood Suites location opened last May and remains to be the only hotel currently in the neighborhood. Featuring 151 suites with fully equipped kitchens, a fitness center and an outdoor pool with a large patio and grill area, guests are offered all of the comforts of home. (Homewood Suites)

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Deals

Trinity Partners’ brokerage team, Roger Winn, SIOR and Braden Shockley represented TPM with their recent acquisition of 2510 N. Main Street in Columbia. Located along Columbia’s revitalized North Main Street, TPM will be vacating their 1241 Assembly St. location to join the inflow of establishments relocating to the historic community known as the NOMA district by local developers and owners. 

Headquartered in Greenville, TPM is a one‐stop shop for engineering, design solutions, graphics and document management. 

TPM purchased 2510 N. Main for $550,000 from NOMA Revival LLC and plans to complete its relocation by spring of 2020. (Trinity Partners)


Announcements
Colonial Precast Concrete of Carolina, LLCa leading manufacturer of pre-stressed and precast concrete products, has announced plans to establish manufacturing operations in Colleton County. The more than $2.5 million investment is expected to create approximately 55 new jobs. (SC Commerce)

Faddis Concrete Products, an American-owned provider of high-quality precast concrete products, today announced plans to establish operations in Chester County. The $6.7 million investment will create 60 new jobs. (SC Commerce).

Eight South Carolina nonprofit organizations will be the beneficiaries of pro bono marketing and communication services provided by Riggs Partners during its 22nd annual CreateAthon. The 24-hour marketing marathon will begin Thursday, October 17 at 8 a.m. and conclude the morning of Friday, October 18.

Organizations selected as CreateAthon clients this year include: Bequia ThreadworksColumbia GreenColumbia Poet LaureateEQUIPGirls on the Run ColumbiaGreenwood Miracle LeagueKatrina’s Kids, and SC Railroad Museum

Charleston-based Halls Management Group LLC will open their fourth Halls Chophouse September 18 in Nexton Square in Summerville. (Halls)

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