On Monday, crews began to prep the old Piedmont Shirt Company building at 625 Poinsett Hwy. for demolition.
The building, which has been unoccupied since 1988 and has seen serious dilapidation, is one of several revitalization initiatives being executed by the Poinsett Corridor Revitalization Coalition.
Representatives from Greenville County, Greenville County Redevelopment Authority, Furman University, Greenville County Recreation and other private and public entities make up the coalition. Their goal is to drive economic development in the Poinsett Highway Corridor - an area officials said was once the hub of economic activity in Greenville.
According to officials, demolition is expected to be completed by June 18, paving the way for a mixed-use development at the site. Officials hope this first project will be a catalyst for additional investment, creating new jobs and excitement for the now decayed area.
Ted Shultz, a project manager with industrial hygiene and environmental consulting firm Apex Environmental Management, Inc., said they'll be conducting air quality control tests throughout the project to ensure a safe working environment.
"When the workers come in to start doing their cleanup we will run a different kind of air sample," he said. "We'll take many samples as the project goes on just to keep a record of what gets kicked up in the air."
Crews Monday began to clean up the site and officials said they should begin to actually tear the building down within a week or two.
Shultz said residents and businesses in the area should expect to hear some general noise, but nothing too out of the ordinary.
"Just your general machinery like your tractors … and you'll hear stuff banging around, but nothing too horrendous," he said.
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