The Greater Greenville Association of REALTORS® (GGAR) presented the 2017 Revitalization Awards during the November 9th membership luncheon at the Poinsett Club.
Revitalization is much more than remodeling. Revitalization awards are presented to individuals that took a chance, invested a substantial amount of time and money in a property in the Greater Greenville Area.
The 2017 Residential Revitalization Award was presented to Keith & Donna Smith for their work on 206 West Church Street in Greer.
In 1922, Davenport High School was located at 206 West Church Street. It was named for Mr. D.D. Davenport who paid most of the construction cost. Davenport served as Greer’s High School until 1953 when the high school was built on North Main Street, then it became Davenport Junior High and later the District Building for Greenville County Schools until left abandoned for 15 years.
Keith & Donna had the vision to build their home on the very same lot where they met at Davenport Junior High. They decided to tear down the old building and make the lot into two ½ acre lots for custom built homes. Keith took special care of the materials from the old building to be reused. Keith paid tribute to the old school building by making his workshop have the look of an old school house. The hardwood flooring had been covered with commercial carpet so he spent hours stripping each piece of wood and made it look brand new as it is the flooring in his workshop. This workshop even sits on top of the original foundation/pylons of the old Greer Water Tower. Their vision of this community and neighborhood has grown in value, allowing folks to consider buying downtown property and living downtown Greer in style and beauty. For more info visit http://www.keithsmithbuilders.com/.
The 2017 Honorable Mention Award goes to Netalytics for their revitalization of a small mill into a growing software company located at 52 Bobo Street in Greer.
Back in the late 1940s and early 1950s, this property started as the local gymnasium for the Greer Mill. It was transformed into the Greer Mill Church some years later. In 2014, Netalytics purchased this and spent 18 months and $750K to renovate the property into a growing software company. Since the renovations, they support approximately 70-80 people in the business and are bringing more jobs to Greer.
This user-friendly building has two full kitchens, a few lounge rooms and, of course, boardrooms. The main central flooring is the original gymnasium flooring and concrete. They added the windows and cable railing for more natural lighting as well as the addition of 36 cubicles and created 11 separate offices. They are just glad that this building isn’t another vacant building that has been forgotten about in Greer. For more info please visit https://www.methasoft.com/.