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127-Year-Old Downtown Building to Be Converted To Residential, Retail Space

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East Side project in full swing

September 10, 2008

By Katy Stech – The Post and Courier

Scott McKenna of the Simpson Organization walks through the Cigar Factory on East Bay Street. The company is spending $75 million to redevelop the building once used to make textiles and cigars.

In a humble space where factory workers once picked seeds from soft piles of cotton and, later, hand-rolled cigars, a developer envisions a high-end grocery store. At the other end of the expansive Cigar Factory building, plans call for a white-tablecloth restaurant.

The Simpson Organization Inc. of Atlanta has ambitious plans for the 127-year-old former industrial structure that anchors the corner of East Bay and Columbus streets in downtown Charleston. The company is putting up $75 million to transform the aging offices and abandoned factory space into luxury residential condominiums and high-end retail space by next fall.

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