The Furman Co. plans to break ground in Fall 2018 on a $9.5 million, 57,000 square-foot mixed-use property in the heart of The West Village of Greenville. Originally the site of the historic Poe West Hardware & Supply Company and most recently used for industrial manufacturing with a street side office building, the transformative changes for the mixed- use building are slated for a Summer 2019 completion date. Located at 556 Perry Avenue, just off Pendleton Street, The Furman Co. is renovating the existing facility into “Poe West,” a creative office, food, entertainment and educational experience.
Johnston Design Group’s architects have teamed together with Darrohn Engineering and Fathom & Draft to help The Furman Co. realize its vision. “Our team has worked tirelessly to express the planned mix of uses in a contemporary and approachable open design aesthetic. Poe West pays tribute to the past, reverencing its rich history and long ties to the Village, while delivering something truly unique and unseen in Greenville before,” states Robert Poppleton, Development Manager for The Furman Co.
“We’re excited about all that Poe West will be to us in the West Village. It’s been a blast to work on a stirring bright waking brand for Poe West that we hope can change the perception of what to expect out of Greenville. Bringing big world culture and craft into our favorite southeastern home is very exciting for us,” said Matthew Smith, Director of Fathom & Draft.
The Furman Co. has hired CBRE’s Blaine Hart and Tommy Molin as leasing agents for the property. Drawing from both strength of market vibrancy and efforts to create a new platform for innovation and creativity, the property is already 50% pre-leased by tenants committed to do business at Poe West and will occupy the building upon completion of renovations. The Furman Co. will be announcing tenants as partners in the next 60 days.
Giving a nod to the property’s historical significance while celebrating The Village of West Greenville, Poe West is designed to be a community of business and creative, energetic thinking. It is planting the seeds of community while growing opportunities from the roots of thousands of stories. The Furman Co. is committed to providing a warm and welcoming space that facilitates collaboration, community, and connection — both economically and socially.
“When Poe Hardware & Supply Company moved from South Main Street to Perry Avenue in the summer of 1946, it left behind the building where the company began in 1876. With Keys Printing, Poe’s was the oldest family-owned business in Greenville, and one of the city’s two oldest hardware stores,” said Judith Bainbridge, noted author and local historian.
“It is clear that The Furman Co. has great intentions to incorporate opportunities that will directly support the economic prosperity of this neighborhood,” said Dan Weidenbenner, Executive Director of Mill Community Ministries. “I am grateful for the support they have shown to the surrounding neighborhood and Mill Community Ministries during this process and I am eager to see how this project will empower and continue to transform West Greenville.”
A place-making initiative will bring new life to the Village, significantly improving the overall use. The mixed-use, high density development maximizes green space and public areas. The design of the building is unique but very complementary to the newest developments in the Village. By combining spaces for working, collaborating, eating, relaxing, and entertainment, Poe West tenants and surrounding pedestrians will enjoy a convenient walkable environment.
“We are excited about the idea to create a unique space for innovative business in the central core of The Village of West Greenville,” said Stephen Navarro, President and CEO of The Furman Co. “The Furman Co. has been working for over two years with collaborative organizations already plugged into the Village to meet the programming needs of the right tenant mix; one that will complement the village and each other. Simultaneously we’ve been searching for design and application strategies that will enhance the Village’s business and entertainment district. I think the sense of community within the design and space is terrific and will complement the existing vibe of the Village. Collaboration, connectedness and community are all important elements of what this project brings to this important location. Having local partners help guide us has helped make that happen.”
For more information please visit www.poewest.com.