Through his 15-year-old company, AZ Development, Andy Zimmerman works as a real estate developer, new product developer, and consultant for the outdoor industry. Previously, he was founder/owner of Legacy Paddlesports for seven years and Wilderness Systems for 15 years. Andy built and sold kayaks, canoes, and paddleboards. He currently holds four patents for outdoor products. Andy has a passion for downtown rehabilitation, and he has renovated buildings for both the Forge (Greensboro's Makerspace) and Gibbs Hundred Brewing. Preyer Brewing and Crafted-Art of Street Food occupy his building on Battleground Avenue, which will be adjacent to the Downtown Greenway. In addition, AZ Development has renovated the HQ Greensboro space at 111 West Lewis Street. Andy has just opened BoxCar Bar & Arcade at 120 West Lewis Street - it is an arcade and bar, located in downtown Greensboro, for the ultimate drinking and gaming experience!
Andy shares with us his love of greenways and Greensboro:
From a developer's standpoint, the Downtown Greenway is Greensboro's 'icing on the cake.' The Downtown Greenway has helped influence numerous development decisions in the downtown area; it's truly a small ingredient within the larger finished product. Andy believes that successful downtowns and cities have greenways-gathering places that tie people together-and he wants Greensboro to be a leader in greenway development.
Andy is also a strong proponent of biking. He bikes every day in downtown Greensboro; he bikes for exercise or for riding 4-6 blocks to a meeting instead of getting in his car and hassling with traffic and finding a place to park. He has three bikes at HQ for members to utilize at either HQ or the Forge. At any given time, there are 5-10 bikes available for use at the Forge. Andy feels that Greensboro's downtown and the city, itself, are not complete without a finished greenway.
Greensboro native Jim Jones has spent most of his professional life in the few blocks surrounding Joymongers Brewing Co. For 25 years, he and his brother ran North State Chevrolet. Then after its sale, they developed the remaining six acres of downtown space into two Greenway apartment communities. And the beer lover that he is, Jim next partnered with Mike Rollinson and Jim's son Brian to open Joymongers. Now his new favorite activities are music and beer research!
"I have spent my professional life invested in downtown Greensboro. My partners and I recognized the intrinsic value of urban greenways long before Greensboro began theirs. This public/private venture has inspired us to create more than $30 million of new tax value in both our apartment communities and a new brewery in just the last five years. The Downtown Greenway is a home run-and it isn't even finished!"
Lookout for more 'spotlights' in the coming weeks!
Have you been to Woven Works Park yet? It is located at the corner of Murrow Blvd and Lindsay Street in downtown Greensboro and is the site of the 3rd cornerstone on the Downtown Greenway. There are many cool features on the site-- including an interactive playground. Click here to learn more about Woven Works Park. We were lucky to be able to capture the construction of Woven Works Park with a time lapse video. Click here to watch the video.
The Innovation Cornerstone at Woven Works Park at the corner of Lindsay and Murrow was completed and dedicated with an opening celebration on Setptember 24, 2016.
Construction on the northern section from Fisher/Greene to Eugene, down Eugene from Fisher to Smith began at the beginning of November. Construction on the northern section continues and has moved to the east side of Eugene Street (directly adjacent to Deep Roots Market). Traffic continues to be northbound only. Parking is still accessible for the businesses impacted by construction: Crafted the Art of Street Food, Deep Roots Market, Joymongers Brewing Company, and Preyer Brewing Company. Anticipated timeline for construction of this section is 120-150 days at which time Eugene Street will re-open fully with two-way traffic. This phase also includes the construction of the triangular park at Smith/Battleground/Eugene and work on this park is expected to happen in January/February. The next phase will be on Fisher Avenue from Eugene to Greene and construction here will take place between March and July 2017.
The southern section along Bragg Street between Eugene and MLK has been awarded to Yates Construction. Anticipated start of construction in March/April 2017.
The eastern section along Murrow Boulevard from Gate City Boulevard heading north, underneath Summit Avenue, and continuing on to the intersection of Fisher and Greene-- construction anticipated to start in summer 2017.
Design work on the functional design began late spring 2015 on the western leg along the railroad tracks from Spring Garden to Smith Street. A final engineered design expected in summer 2017, and construction expected following that. Click here to see maps of Phase 4 from Smith Street to Markland Avenue.
Lee Comer, owner of Iron Hen Café and the new Fresh.Local.Good. Food Group, has opened a 30,000-square-foot retail multiplex in November called Morehead Foundry. The building, located along Greensboro's Downtown Greenway,
operated as a coal and ice factory when it was originally built in the 1920s. The former factory now houses 6 business spaces, all owned by Comer. Four Flocks & Larder, Revolution Burger, The Baker & The Bean, Hush (a members-only speakeasy), Carolina Event Rentals, and an event space called The Public are located at Morehead Foundry. The space offers outdoor seating and overlooks Morehead Park on the Downtown Greenway at the corner of Spring Garden and South Edgeworth Streets.
Lee talks about the importance of urban development near the Downtown Greenway: "We want Morehead Foundry to be a place that connects all types of people within Greensboro. Developing these businesses near the Downtown Greenway was very important to me because of the shared goal with the Downtown Greenway: bringing people together. The Downtown Greenway promotes a connectedness and a strong community spirit that is key as we continue to grow and advance as a city."
We look forward to making connections with Lee at Morehead Foundry and the Downtown Greenway.
Lookout for more 'spotlights' in the coming weeks!
Mark your calendar for the Wheels on the Greenway:
An event for all ages and all types of wheels*
Sunday, May 7 from 2:00-4:00 pm
at Morehead Park on the Downtown Greenway
*Use you imagination! Bikes, trikes, skateboards, wheelchairs, wagons, roller blades....
.....Whatever wheels you use, don't miss this afternoon of fun and entertainment for the whole family with music, food, bicycle safety programs, 'bling your bike' stations and other 'wheel' related activities for all ages. Bring your 'wheels' out of storage from the winter months and get ready to put your Wheels on the Greenway!
Look for more information in the coming months!
Thanks to all who participated in the It's Not Easy Being Green holiday photo contest to support businesses affected by the construction of the Downtown Greenway on North Eugene Street. A winner on social media was picked each week and received a $50 gift card from one of the four businesses: Crafted the Art of Street Food, Joymongers Brewing Company, Preyer Brewing Company & Deep Roots Market.
And the 'People's Choice' Award for the photo with the most 'likes' on social media is......
Congratulations to the winner of the 'People's Choice ' Award with a $25 gift card from each of the businesses. Thanks to everyone who participated in the contest and came out to support local this holiday season! Keep shopping local at all of our great restaurants and businesses downtown.
SNOW on the Greenway! Hope everyone enjoyed the snow and got out on the Greenway! Get ready for warmer temps on the way!
We are seeking applications from artists for the next neighborhood artist bench on the Downtown Greenway.
This is the fourth neighborhood bench commissioned for the Downtown Greenway. It will be located on a section of the trail that runs along Bragg Street at the intersection of Arlington Street. The artist will be asked to collaborate with residents from Greensboro’s Asheboro Square and Arlington Park neighborhoods through a Community Meeting and incorporate concepts generated by that collaboration into the design of the bench.
Click here for information on the application process. Deadline for application submission is Wednesday, February 1, 2017. Questions? Contact Barbara Peck at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Congratulations Week 1 Winner (@octoberlight) on winning a $50 Deep Roots gift card!
Want to join in? Here's how it works:
Take a photo--- or a selfie--- while shopping, dining, or drinking at Crafted Art of Street Food, Preyer Brewing Company, Joymongers Brewing Company, or Deep Roots Market.
Photos should be taken between now and January 1, 2017.
During this time-frame, post your photos to a public Instagram profile.
Each photo posted for consideration must include one of these three tags: #DowntownGreenway or #soGSO or tag @downtowngreenway via Instagram.
Each Wednesday, between December 14, 2016 and January 4, 2017, we will announce a winner of a $50 gift card to one of the local establishments. Additionally, we will announce the "People's Choice Award" on January 4th for a $25 gift card to each of the four, totaling $100!
Photos will be judged by a committee of Action Greensboro and the Downtown Greenway.
The "People's Choice" prize will be given to the photo that receives the most "likes"... so share news of the contest with others and get them to vote!
Prize Announcement Dates: Wednesday, December 21, Wednesday, December 28, and Wednesday, January 4