LYMAN — A new mixed-use development in Lyman to be completed next summer will feature shops, apartments and a restaurant.
The $4 million project is set to begin construction in November at the corner of Groce and Spartanburg roads in downtown. Developer Rodney Godfrey said demolition of the former building at the site, which once housed Community Cash and Western Auto, is complete. The new 18,500 square foot building will include two stories, with eight shops and a restaurant on the first floor and eight apartments on the second floor.
"Four of the shops have been leased out already and one of the apartments so far," Godfrey told The Post and Courier.
Godfrey said he considered developing the project in Spartanburg or Greer but decided to have it built in Lyman where he lives. The tentative name for the development is Pacific Place, but the name might be changed to Shops at Pacific Place or Lofts at Pacific Place. Godfrey said the name of the restaurant at the site would be announced at a later date.
For 27 years, Godfrey has run RG Enterprises in Lyman, a landscaping company. He decided to try something else.
"I have bought properties over the years and finally got to the point where I wanted to try something different," Godfrey said. "Lyman is growing and I wanted to bring something new to the area."
Godfrey is developing the property with partner Bryon Gwinn. They expect the project to help launch other developments in the area. It is the first new development in the downtown area in several years.
Lyman Town Council members expect it to spark more interest in downtown.
"I think it is the best thing that can happen on that corner," said Town Councilman Alton Free. "I hope it's a catalyst for other owners of buildings down there to up-fit their buildings."
Free said it will also provide area residents with another place to enjoy dining out once the restaurant opens.
Town Councilman Glenn Greer believes more new development is likely along Groce Road and Highway 29.
"It's been awhile since we have had anything built downtown," Greer said. "I am thankful the developer is doing that in town and will be a great starting point for great things to come for Lyman."