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!
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!
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 14
Wednesday, December 21
Wednesday, December 28
Wednesday, January 4
Thank you to all the who turned out to vote on Election Day and supported all four of the Yes 4 Greensboro Bonds!
With the passage of these bonds, funding for construction of Phase 4 (the railroad corridor) of the Downtown Greenway has been secured as well as funding to extend the A&Y Greenway from Markland to Hill Street.
Click here to read the article in the News & Record.
Keep up to date on the Downtown Greenway construction timeline.
A volunteer workday is scheduled for Sunday, October 30 from 1:30-4:00 pm at Woven Works Park at Innovation Cornerstone located at the corner of Murrow Blvd and Lindsay Street.
Bring work gloves and a shovel-- we'll be planting flowers in the Bird, Bee, and Butterfly Garden on the site.
Snacks and water provided. Questions? Call Dabney Sanders at 336.387.8353 or email firstname.lastname@example.org.
The 7th Annual 4 for the Greenway was a HUGE success!
We raised over $11,000 for the Downtown Greenway thanks to all the runner and walkers and to our GREAT sponsors for their support in the run!
The RESULTS are in! The top winners are:
Top 3 males-Andris Goncarous (1st place winner in 2015 and 2016!), Kenwick Brown, & Patrick Westervelt
Top 3 females-Clare Cunningham, Hollis Oberlies (2nd place winner in 2014, 2015, & 2016!), & Heather Colleran
Congratulations to all the runners and walkers!
Click here to see all the results.
Check out all the PHOTOS from the run and opening of Woven Works Park.
7th Annual Run 4 the Greenway Registration is Open!
Mark your calendar for Saturday, September 24, 2016 for the 7th Annual Run 4 the Greenway! #Run4Greenway
ANNOUNCING: CHANGE IN LOCATION AND RACE ROUTE FOR 2016!
The race route has changed due to the opening of the Innovation Cornerstone later this summer. The event will be held at the Innovation Cornerstone/Cumberland Park at the corner of Lindsay and Murrow Blvd. Start and finish will be at the Innovation Cornerstone. A ribbon cutting for the newly completed Innovation Cornerstone will be held from 3-4 pm.
4 Mile Run: (Click here for the 4 mile route)
On-line through September 11 (by 11:59 pm): $25.00
On-line through September 12-22 (by 9:00 pm): $30.00
Registration at Packet Pick-up on September 24 and Day of Race: $35.00
4 mile Family 4 Pack: $80.00 for 4 mile
One Mile Walk/Run: (Click here for 1 mile route)
On-line through September 22 (by 9:00 pm): $15.00 (non-timed)
1 Mile Dog Registration: $20.00
1 mile Family 4 Pack: $50.00 for 1 mile
Children 6 & under: Free (There is no fee for children 6 & under; however, we ask that you register and sign a waiver. No free t-shirt or beverage.)
T-shirts are limited. Register early to be guaranteed a race t-shirt. All participants will receive a free beverage at the post-race event (except for children 6 & under).
3:00PM-4:00PM – Innovation Cornerstone Ribbon Cutting (remarks at 3:15PM)
3:30PM-4:45PM – On-site Registration & Packet Pick Up at Cumberland Park
5:15 PM – 1 Mile Walk begins
5:45 PM – 4 Mile event begins
6:30-7:00 PM – Projected awards ceremony (will be adjusted based on last finisher’s time)
4:00 PM – 8:00 PM- Music, Entertainment, Food at Cumberland Park
For more information about the race course, packet pick-up, awards, or to register, go to the Jones Racing Company www.jonesracing.com .
Not a runner and would like to volunteer? Email Laura Lorenz at email@example.com.
THANKS TO OUR SPONSORS!
Mark your calendar for August 22-25, 2016 for the 2016 Downtown Greensboro Restaurant Week benefiting the Downtown Greenway! All restaurants and bars located in and around the Downtown Greenway have been invited to participate.
By participating in Restaurant Week, 18% of proceeds from special offerings from each restaurant will go to the Downtown Greenway and you will be supporting the vibrant downtown restaurant community.
The restaurants that are on board so far are:
Crafted The Art of the Taco
Crafted The Art of Street Food
Joymongers Brewing Co.
Manny's Universal Cafe
M'Coul's Public House
The Pour House
The Table on Elm
Tikihut Italian Ice Truck
*Natty Greene’s is participating in Restaurant Week during their ‘Good Work Wednesdays’ program on Wednesday, August 17th and will give a percentage of sales that day to the Downtown Greenway.
Are you a downtown restaurant or bar and did not receive a packet and want to participate? Complete the participation form and email Nick Wilson at firstname.lastname@example.org with any questions.
A huge SHOUTOUT to Lincoln Financial Group employees who came out last week to spread mulch on the edible orchard at the Tradition Cornerstone on the Downtown Greenway. The Tradition Cornerstone is located at Smith and Prescott Streets. Do you have a group who would be interested in helping on the Downtown Greenway? Email Laura Lorenz at email@example.com for more information.