As an active CREW Upstate South Carolina member, mentor, and committee leader for the past seven years, Maggie Kleger, Director of Business Development with Britt, Peters and Associates, has learned the value of bringing a trusted team together. Always a proponent of collaboration, Kleger utilizes the CREW network for her projects with outstanding results.
After joining the revitalization initiative of West Greenville, South Carolina, Kleger and her recommended team of fellow CREW members helped complete the renovation and purchase of Plush Mill, a historic mixed-use development. Built in the early 1900s, Plush Mill was a textile factory that was abandoned after the mill closed in 1983. Mark Peters, PE and CEO of Britt, Peters and Associates acquired the neglected industrial complex with plans for rehabilitation and transformation into a mixed-use development with retail, multifamily, storage, medical, and co-working office facilities.
Kleger brought together multiple CREW members that work with the City of Greenville and others with specialties in real estate sales, environmental consultancy, law, and architecture to ensure the successful redevelopment. Shelby Dodson, First Vice President with CBRE’s Advisory and Transaction Services team, lent her expertise acquiring the property and securing a long-term office tenant for Peters. To ensure the safety of Plush Mill’s tenants, contractors, and visitors, Cindy Worley with Envirosouth engaged her team of engineers to perform site environmental clean-up of the property. Britt, Peters and Associates was responsible for the civil engineering design and structural assessment. Megan O’Neill and Maurie Lawrence, attorneys with Wyche, provided representation through the acquisition, development, and financing of Plush Mill. Natasha Sexton and Jennifer Gosnell of SGA Architecture, Landscape Architect and Principal Architect, respectively, worked together to provide sustainable and eco-friendly design solutions for the project. Several staff members from the City of Greenville are involved with CREW and advised on the rezoning of Plush Mill, a public-private partnership project. As the redevelopment efforts neared completion, Shelby Dodson secured Serendipity Labs as a tenant. A second lot on the site is actively being marketed.
“Involving other CREW members in projects is an easy decision,” Kleger said. “Referrals are one of the most important aspects of a CREW membership.”
Working with local CREW members, Tax Advantage Group LLC (TAG) and Serendipity Labs, Kleger and Peters revitalized the historic 24,000-square-foot property, secure a satisfied tenant, and receive $9 million in tax credits.
Additional CREW Upstate South Carolina members involved in this project:
Sibet Freides is a Principal of Idea Associates. With her team, she utilizes her extensive experience in traditional and new media branding solutions to offer unique strategies that bring real results for real estate developments of all sizes. From websites and social media to sales team consulting, Idea Associates is a full-service real estate marketing and consulting firm that specializes in web marketing and result-driven creative. Freides is a member of the CREW Network Communications and Editorial Committee and has served on the CREW Atlanta Communications and Strategic Membership committees, and is co-chair of mentoring.
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