Judson Mill District celebrates community partners & looks toward future

Thomas F. Taft, Sr., Chairman & CEO of Taft Family Ventures, Co-developer of the Judson Mill District

Greenville, SC – Judson Mill District partners, community members and special guests gathered in the Hayne Hipp Community Room at Feed & Seed on Thursday to celebrate the first phase of the re-vitalization of Judson Mill’s 36-acre site into a sustainable and vibrant mixed-use campus.

The Judson Mill District aims to provide affordable places to live, work, and play while creating connectivity for the surrounding neighborhood. Five years in the making, the Judson Mill District is now home to offices, co-working space, retail, entertainment, and residential spaces and will soon boast a restaurant and brewery.

Co-developers Tom Taft, chairman & CEO of Taft Family Ventures, and Ken Reiter, president of Belmont Sayre, reflected on progress made on campus and shared details of what’s to come. Afterward, attendees toured the campus to explore the businesses that have opened and others that are under construction.

“We saw this as an opportunity to help lift this community,” Taft told the guests. “We’ve received support from all levels and are grateful to all of our partners who helped make our vision come to life.”

Belmont Sayre of Chapel Hill, NC, purchased Judson Mill in 2017. Later joined by Taft Family Ventures of Greenville, NC, the owners have executed on a vision to transform the historic 800,000 square-foot campus into a sustainable and vibrant mixed-use community.

“There’s more than one hundred years of history here,” Reiter said. “Our goal has always been to find a modern version of this mill that preserves the spirit and features of the mill while knitting the neighborhood back together.”

The Judson Mill District is now home to tenants such as the Judson Mill Lofts, BlocHaven, Feed & Seed, Cowboy Up Music Venue, and the Jud Hub Social Innovation Center. Future additions to the historic campus include Stumpy’s Hatchet House, HRP, Magnetic South Brewery, River Falls Spa, SeamonWhiteside, High Spirits Hospitality, a restaurant, and athletic courts.

“Thank you to the Judson Mill District developers for getting it right, and for setting a model for the rest of the community,” said Mayor Knox White, who attended Thursday’s event. “I look forward to seeing the next phase of this campus and how the Judson Mill District will continue to create connectivity for this neighborhood and our community as a whole.”

Judson Mill District is a sustainable and vibrant mixed-use community offering soulful city living in Greenville, SC. Once the largest textile mill in Greenville County and an integral part of Greenville’s Mill Crescent wrapping the city’s west side, Judson Mill District is now home to office, restaurant, brewery, retail, entertainment, and residential spaces. In 2017, Taft Family Ventures, a distinguished real estate investment and development firm based in Greenville, NC, joined with Belmont Sayre, a privately held real estate investment and development company based in Chapel Hill, NC, to transform the historic 800,000-square-foot textile mill that closed in 2015. While maintaining its vision to preserve the soul, spirit, and features of the historic mill, Judson Mill District utilizes a sustainable approach in revitalizing its 36-acre campus, which now fosters a vibrant and affordable community where people live, work, and play. For more information on Judson Mill District, visit https://judsonmilldistrict.com.

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