More than $75 Million Judson Mill Renovation Garners National Attention

Judson Mill District photo credit: SeamonWhiteside

GREENVILLE, S.C. — Judson Mill District, a sustainable and vibrant mixed-use community in the city’s west side, is pleased to announce it has been featured in the spring issue of BUILDINGS magazine, a premier architecture, engineering and design publication with nearly 180,000 monthly readers. The article recognizes the rich history of the century-old mill and showcases the revitalization project for its sustainability, resilience and meaningful economic impact on the Upstate community.

McMillan Pazdan Smith, an architecture, advisory services, planning and interior design firm with eight offices in the Southeast, has spearheaded the project’s design efforts since its inception in 2015.

"We are honored to have the Judson Mill project recognized by BUILDINGS magazine as a leader in responsible adaptive reuse," said Anthony Tiberia of McMillan Pazdan Smith Architecture.

Additional consulting, construction and design, and historical partners that have contributed to the revitalization project include Triangle Construction Company, SeamonWhiteside, Greystar, Avison Young, Nexsen Pruet, Ryan Historic Advisors, Founded Communities, GEL, Young Office Supplies, Britt Peters & Associates, and Crenshaw Consulting Engineers.

The multi-year effort to convert Judson Mill into a 36-acre mixed-use campus elevated the mill's historical relevance while honoring Greenville’s past. The project team repurposed the century-old textile mill into a social hub that includes:

• 204 apartments with refined residential amenities
• 215,000 square feet of office, retail, entertainment and recreational space
• Approx. 250,000 square feet for rehabilitation of additional historic structures for commercial and residential uses
• 12 acres of land for additional development

Named CREW Upstate’s “Development of the Year,” the more than $75 million investment in Greenville’s Judson Mill created 197 new jobs and added more than $75 million to the city's tax base. Through strategic community partnerships and MPS' sustainable design, developers also addressed the neighborhood’s need for additional housing, access to food, and workspaces for nonprofits and mission-driven startups. In addition, they prioritized reducing the mill’s carbon footprint by employing selective demolition and reusing the facility’s original brick, steel and heavy timber.

"The historic preservation of Judson Mill reinforces our commitment to creating a remarkable community rooted in stewardship, continuity and connectivity throughout the Upstate, SC, " said Ken Reiter, co-developer of Judson Mill and president of Belmont Sayre. “We’re thrilled to have partnered with McMillan Pazdan Smith for this extraordinary project and look forward to the continued growth of Judson Mill’s thriving community.”

The Judson Mill District aims to provide affordable places to live, work and play and is now home to a variety of tenants including Lofts at Judson Mill, BlocHaven, Feed & Seed, Jud Hub, The Foundry at Judson Mill, SeamonWhiteside, Magnetic South Brewery, Stumpy’s Hatchet House, High Spirits Hospitality, Play Café at Judson Mill, and HRP Associates.

BUILDINGS magazine’s spring sustainability issue is available in both print and digital formats. Learn more about Judson Mill by visiting its website or contacting MPS.

Judson Mill Lofts photo credit: FishEye Studios

About McMillan Pazdan Smith
McMillan Pazdan Smith is an architecture, advisory services, planning, and interior design firm. Practicing since 1955, the firm currently has eight offices throughout the Southeast. As a community-based firm, MPS is driven by a collaborative culture, creativity, and innovative design solutions. With over 100 AIA awards, the firm’s purpose is to reimagine what's possible and create meaningful and lasting impact for the good of all. To learn more, visit:

About Judson Mill District
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

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