Clemson University to Invest in Downtown Greenville


Clemson University trustees approved a plan today to acquire 70,000 square feet of space at the Project One development under construction at Washington and Main streets in downtown Greenville. Clemson will offer a graduate degree program in the space.

The university relocated its MBA program to downtown Greenville in 2009 , leasing space at the former Bowater building adjacent to Falls Park. Under plans to expand to Project One, the Clemson University Real Estate Foundation would acquire space and lease it to the university. The matter requires state approval.

“Having our business programs in downtown Greenville has been good for Clemson and good for Greenville,” said Clemson President James F. Barker. “However, from the first day we established a presence downtown more than a decade ago, it has been our goal to have our own facility. This project allows us to have a premium downtown location in a new facility that Clemson will own, and which can be specifically designed for our needs.”

Project One also will be home to the retailer Anthropologie, the corporate headquarters of CertusBank, and the Haynsworth Sinkler Boyd law firm. The mixed-use development is being built in two phases. Phase one will include 40,000 to 50,000 square feet of retail space and 135,000 square feet of office space. Phase two will involve up to 11 stories and an additional 200,000-square-feet space.

“We are excited to be part of the Clemson announcement. This addition will transform Greenville, adding relevant business educational offerings to our existing, well-known and well-rounded community,” developer Bob Hughes said

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