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By Chris Lavender, Staff Writer
Renovation of Arcadia Mill No. 1 on Hayne Street is expected to begin in February, transforming the historic site into 70 loft apartments and providing space for the arts.
Georgia developer Pace Burt said he plans to invest about $8 million in the project, which should be complete in about nine months. He sold Mayfair Mills Lofts — once known as Arcadia Mill No. 2 — six months ago to help fund the new renovation project.
“I am excited about the project starting in 2018,” Burt said. “We have been working hard over the past two years removing 200,000 square feet of non-historic buildings. There is about 140,000 square feet left.”
Burt said he expects Spartanburg County’s review of the project’s final design to be finished in about 45 days. Once it’s approved, work will begin immediately.
The new loft apartments will include granite counter tops and stainless steel appliances. Burt said rent on the 1,500-square-foot, two-bedroom units will be about $1,000 per month. The site will include more than 150 parking spaces.
Burt said the project will also include a 6-acre green space behind the lofts, allowing access to a creek flowing nearby.
The Chapman Cultural Center is partnering with Burt on his latest development project. Burt said the Arcadia Mill No. 1 renovation will include 20,000 square feet designated for the center to use for art studios on lower and upper floors.
“The main thing is we want to bring arts to children like we did in Greenville at the Brandon Mill West Village Lofts,” Burt said. “We just want to bring awareness to the arts.”
Chapman Cultural Center President and CEO Jennifer Evins said a contest will be held seeking public input on what the center’s space will be called at the renovated mill. The studios will provide co-working space for pottery, ceramics, metal and glass art making, she said.
“We plan to open the first phase by mid-summer 2018 and the second phase by the end of next year,” Evins said.
Evins said a community development block grant will be used to help fund the arts center portion of the project. About $400,000 for the first phase of the arts building has been raised, Evins said.
The new arts center also can be used to host fitness and dance classes. Evins said the new building will also allow the center to have a place to serve residents in western Spartanburg.
"People in the neighborhood will be able to come in and use the co-work space,” she said.
Evins said that Clayton Construction will develop the space for the center’s use.
Arcadia Mill No. 1 opened on Hayne Street in 1902 and was built by Spartanburg pharmacist and banker Henry Arthur Ligon. A second cotton plant — Arcadia Mill No. 2 — was added on West Cleveland Street and opened in 1923.
In 2014, Arcadia Mill No. 1 was listed on the National Register of Historic Places. It closed in 2001, according to the National Register of Historic Places