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Pacolet Milliken donates land for community garden

Staff Report
Published Jan. 10, 2013

Pacolet Milliken Enterprises Inc. recently donated 2 acres in Greenville’s Judson neighborhood for the creation of a community garden.

The project, a collaboration between the Generous Garden Project, City Initiative and the Judson Community Association, is a focal point of the Judson Community Plan that was approved by Greenville County Council in May 2012. The neighborhood is located about two miles west of downtown Greenville.

“Pacolet Milliken was glad to donate land to help further the revitalization process in Judson,” Pacolet Milliken President Rick Webel said in a news release. “We hope that the community garden will instill pride within Judson residents and that they will enjoy the literal fruits of their labor.”

Built in 1912 as a mill village, the town of Judson still contains a mill operated by Milliken & Co. The company owns dozens of surrounding acres that used to hold mill houses and other neighborhood buildings.

The site of the donated land, which formerly housed the town laundry, is located near other community hubs, including Hollis Academy and YMCA Judson Community Center.

“We applaud the efforts of the community to take an initiative to improve their neighborhood,” said John Montgomery, director of land holdings at Pacolet Milliken, in a news release. “This isn’t the answer to community revitalization, but it’s certainly a start.”

Pacolet Milliken is also working with the Greenville County Recreation Department on plans to lease 10 acres of former baseball fields in Judson for a future park, walking trail and green space.

Pacolet Milliken Enterprises Inc. is a private, family-owned investment company founded in 2007 by the shareholders of Milliken & Co. with a mission to secure and grow assets in the energy and real estate markets.