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.
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!
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 email@example.com.
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
Rosemary Plybon hosts This is Greensboro -- a block of programming produced by the City of Greensboro to promote new stories in Greensboro. Rosemary produces the segments about the people, places, and events that make Greensboro a unique and attractive city for residents alike. This is Greensboro airs from 6-8 pm on Mondays, Wednesdays, and Fridays, and at 12 noon on Saturdays and Sundays. Click here to go to the City's website to find out what channels you can find GTN.
Rosemary features the Innovation Cornerstone at Woven Works Park on the Downtown Greenway. Click here to see the entire segment about the park and all of the elements of play that can be found at the third of 4 cornerstones on the Downtown Greenway.
The City of Greensboro is having an informational workshop on Thursday, December 15 from 4-6:30 pm at St. Pius X Catholic Church at 2210 North Elm Street. The City will provide information and seek community input on the proposed bike lanes and road layout on North Elm Street from Bellemeade Street to Cone Blvd. GDOT is proposing adding bike lanes along this section of North Elm Street. For more information contact Daniel Amstutz at 336.373.2921 or firstname.lastname@example.org.
Go to www.greensboro-nc.gov/gdot for the on-line survey. Deadline for comments is Friday, January 13, 2017.