Digging has started for the first office building in the Camperdown mixed-use project at the site of The Greenville News. Trehel Corp., the primary contractor, has almost completed demolition of a parking lot where the five-story building will be constructed over a planned parking structure, said Jack Weber, Trehel’s executive vice president of project management.
Weber said upcoming work at the corner of Broad and Falls streets involves digging 3 or 4 feet and putting in footings that “have to go down about another 9 feet deep until we hit rock.” Weber said passersby will see work progressing upward behind the temporary construction fence within a few weeks.
“You won’t see much of the foundation. Most of it is below street level,” he said.
The 28,000-square-foot office building will be the newspaper’s new home.
Environmental testing and excavation of the Centennial American Properties project at the 4-acre site along South Main Street started earlier.
The Camperdown developers also plan an 11-story, 220 unit apartment and “penthouse” tower along Falls Street. JHM Hotels of Greenville plans a seven-story AC Greenville Hotel by Marriott. The project includes a second office-residential tower, retail outlets, restaurants and service kiosks, with a plaza and water features over the three-level parking structure.
Centennial American bought the site for $13.25 million from Gannett Co. Inc., the newspaper’s parent company.