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Camperdown: Progress will be visible in few weeks

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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.

Digging has begun at the Camperdown project. (Photo by Bill Poovey)

“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.

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