Activating communities by creating successful downtown revitalization projects
ADAPTIVE RE-USE AND REDEVELOPMENT
BUILDING/ENABLING COMMUNITY EQUITY
CommunitySmith is passionate about creating a better future by giving buildings a new lease on life. Our team’s years of real estate and construction experience makes all of this possible.
CommunitySmith is specially situated to create a strong presence in our communities. We seek not only to preserve historic structures, but also to help strengthen the communities in which we work. We truly integrate ourselves into the dynamics of life in these towns and see our adaptive reuse projects as not merely financial ventures, but also as social ventures.
Meet the Team
Where the Passion Begins
Nash Street Lofts
Completed in January of 2014, CommunitySmith partnered with Rehab Development to redevelop Historic Downtown Wilson’s 215 Nash Street building, which previously housed furniture stores and most recently a Western Auto Center. The 129 year old building was once used for building wagons and stage coaches. CommunitySmith used the architectural features associated with the building’s original use to create a unique living experience for the residents of the 11 apartments and 2 live-work units designed for the adaptive reuse of the building.
Wilson Furniture Lofts
Completed in August of 2014, CommunitySmith again partnered with Rehab Development & Rehab Builders to bring another Historic Downtown Wilson building back to life creating quality living option for residents who prefer the “downtown lifestyle” experience.
The Wilson Furniture Company Lofts located at 120 S. Goldsboro Street is the second Historic Downtown Wilson building that the group opened the doors of since the Nash Street Lofts was completed in January of 2014. Apartment finishes are of the highest quality and include energy efficient stainless steel appliances, included stackable washer/dryers, solid surface countertops, refinished hardwood floors, tile backsplashes, and much more.
Apartment rental rates also include bundled high speed internet and cable service(“through the City’s Greenlight Gigabit service”) included within the rent structure. The project consists of 4 apartments and 1 live/work space directly off of Goldsboro Street around the corner from the City’s renowned Whirligig Park.
SuperBlock/5th & Cotanche
CommunitySmith transformed several properties on the Northeastern intersection of E. 5th and Cotanche Streets now known as the “SuperBlock” project. These properties offer tenants an attractive space for retail and office space at the campus edge of East Carolina University and in the heart of bustling Uptown Greenville. This redevelopment led the way in transforming an underperforming area into an exciting and vibrant block, promoting healthy, vibrant growth for the city and significant continued investment. As a result of this project, the daytime population of these buildings jumped from 1 to over 60 with occupants such as ECU's Office of the Registrar, Greenville-Pitt County Convention & Visitors Bureau, Sentinel Insurance, and Blackbeard Coffee Roasters. More ECU offices and a new hotel are soon to be underway as the growth continues on the block.
The redevelopment included nearly $3 million in private and public investment and qualified for local, state and federal funds/programs intended for rehabilitation of historic properties. The Greenville commercial redevelopment included construction and engineering services by Rehab Builders Inc. and Rehab Engineers, Inc. with architectural design by Dunn & Dalton of Kinston.