Phase one of the $100 million Bridgeway Terminal project, the new Mauldin city centre, is expected to be completed by the end of this year or early next year.
This is the first phase of a larger development to include retail space, restaurants, offices, multi-family condominiums, hotels and event/entertainment centers in Mauldin. Construction began in April 2021.
Greenville developer Hughes Investments planned the urban village, which spans 40 acres along Highway 385 in Mauldin, south of Butler Road.
A few of the signature restaurants include Charleston-based Poogan’s Southern Kitchen, Belladina’s Italian Market, and solid coffee.
The conceptual site plan shows nine mixed-use complexes on either side of a main street with retail space on the ground floor and apartments or office space on the upper floors. It also shows the locations of two hotels and a movie theater.
“I am excited about the new growth [of Mauldin] And fun events to come.” She is very excited about Poogan coming to Upstate, where she loves to visit and eat at Charleston.
“This development is a huge sign that our growth extends beyond just the downtown Greenville area,” she added.
Hughes described the proposed village as an internet-connected, eco-friendly place where people can live, work and play without having to drive anywhere in the car.
“We have waited a long time for phase one to be completed and we are excited for it to come to fruition,” said Phil Hughes, president of Hughes Investments.
Hughes Investments says that all of the retail space within BridgeWay is built with the goal of creating visibility, access, walkability and vibrancy. The intent of the design is for visitors and residents to have the opportunity to make full use of the outdoor spaces and to cultivate the most successful, safe and highly desirable components of a pedestrian-oriented, customer-first community.
The new footbridge will be an extension of the Swamp Rabbit Trail over Interstate 385 through BridgeWay Station when completed by the end of the year. Greenville’s Prisma Health Swamp Rabbit Trail, a 22-mile greenway system routed between Greenville and Travelers Rest and currently under expansion, will be connected to BridgeWay Station by a footbridge, which will allow more than one million people who use the trail annually to have direct access To the shops, restaurants and entertainment of the station. The new bridge will also be lit at night for pedestrians crossing during the evening hours.
Hughes said the BridgeWay station is a long-term planning project but the current construction of the first phase is the “heart of the project” which has taken the longest to plan and complete eight to 10 phases.
He added, “It has all the elements of a traditional downtown without the hassle of parking and is an all-encompassing experience, a ‘sense of place’ and something great for the whole area.”
So why would Hughes choose Mauldin Market over any other city in the state’s north for this downtown building?
He said Mauldin is an attractive market for many reasons including the presence of a six-lane highway nearby, which is crowded with local travelers and visitors, the model-based zoning that is unique to Mauldin, and the income level of Mauldin residents, on average, over $120,000. Each household was within a five-mile radius, which is ideal for retailers, and the town of Mauldin was convenient and generous, making the process more flexible.
“We hope everyone enjoys BridgeWay, because we haven’t seen anyone do what we’re trying to do here,” Hughes said. “This is a hard-to-find opportunity, and we ensure that the Upstate community gets something fun and accessible in a beautiful setting. We just want to make our residents happy, and this development is a great formula for doing that in a great location.”
From the city of Mauldin’s perspective, this project is just the beginning of something “great” happening in Mauldin, said Mauldin Community Development Director JR Charles.
The development will create more than 2,000 jobs, and the city is already seeing a large number of new homes being built.
“This will be the first destination,” Charles said. “The city is very optimistic about the entire development.”
With Interstate 385 in the backyard of two generators, it is also a desirable location for corporate headquarters recruitment, as this type of development creates a greater marketing opportunity for the city.
“The region is naturally a good fit to do that, and we’re already seeing growth right now for further developments, as we have an average of 40 trade permits per month,” Charles added. “We focus on developments so that people can live, work and play in one place.”
Charles said the city is already seeing a rise in tourist activity after COVID as well as the number of people moving to the northern region each year.
By 2050, the Greenville Chamber of Commerce recently predicted that the corridor between Charlotte and Atlanta will have a similar growth pattern between Washington, D.C. and Boston, although it is a denser area.
“They expect another 220,000 people to move to the northern region by 2040, 20 people a day for the next 20 years or so,” Charles said. “We’re along this growth corridor, and our goal is to bring more people to the area for them to discover how amazing the northern region really is.”
Mauldin Mayor Terry Merritt said at a groundbreaking ceremony for Bridgeway Station that this new development, bridge and driveway connection will be recognized as a Mauldin symbol for years to come.
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