Extended-vacant Borden making to undertake historic renovation

For years, the historic making at 711 W. Washington Avenue that when served as the headquarters of Borden Ice Cream has sat vacant, a monument of a bygone period.

Now, the Borden building will soon get a 2nd lifestyle.

The Furman Co. has just announced strategies to redevelop the setting up into an city combined-use undertaking targeted on supplying what the organization phone calls ,“new methods to commercial area in a submit-COVID surroundings.”

The venture will be in line with Furman’s restorations of other historic structures all over Greenville, such as Claussen Bakery, Key’s Court docket and, most lately, Poe West.

Photos: Tour the Borden manufacturing unit — shut in 1989

The restoration will also be the initially significant business growth centered on business space in the new Unity Park District.

“We are super psyched about being a section of the park advancement and revitalization of the Southernside community,” said Robert Poppleton, vice president of the Furman Co. “We hope Borden connects downtown with the park and community in a seamless, inclusionary fashion for all.”

The redevelopment of the 40,000-sq.-foot place will include things like commercial use offerings ranging from 2,000 to 20,000 square toes, with a concentration on what Poppleton phone calls “cultivating healthier environments for its occupants.” Suites will be conditioned with purified air and will appear with controllable typical parts and restrooms, several out of doors areas for function and play, and views of downtown’s skyline, all situated measures away from the long term Unity Park.

Blaine Hart of CBRE is handling leasing on the space, which he said is timed correctly for the shifting requirements of the modern office tenant.

“There are plenty of characteristics from an office environment viewpoint that people today are searching for in a write-up-COVID planet, all the things as far as getting ready to style the new place from scratch but continue to having a nontraditional structure,” Hart mentioned. “Office trends are altering, adapting, new kinds emerging. It is so a lot simpler to establish out from a cleanse box as opposed to retrofitting some thing current.”

Assuming Furman finalizes the site’s historic standing with the Countrywide Park Assistance, the design ought to be completed and groundbreaking need to commence by the stop of 2021, with a completion date set for 4th quarter of 2022.

The restoration would also be the very first significant professional enhancement concentrated on office in the new Unity Park District. Rendering furnished by The Furman Co.

The setting up was was household to the Greenville Ice Cream Co. beginning in 1923 ahead of staying acquired by Borden Ice Cream in 1947. Borden served not only as the ice cream provider to Greenville and outside of it also utilized generations of Greenvillians.