The Children’s Museum of the Upstate (TCM), a 501(c)(3) organization, began with one mother’s wish to create a place in Upstate South Carolina where children would be inspired and learn in an informal, hands-on environment. In December 2003 local benefactors donated the former Greenville County Library building and surrounding land to TCM, and plans for the museum began to take shape. With three floors of space, the project redeveloped the vacant building into the 7th largest children’s museum in the United States and 10th largest in the world. The 79,000 square feet of community facilities space contains 18 custom-designed exhibits, including one of the first handicap-accessible climbing structures in the United States.
Project ONE is a complex urban, mixed-use development located in the heart of downtown Greenville. The project site was a Woolworth building that sat vacant for more than a decade before its demolition began in 2009. The location took its place in history with a racial protest sit-in at the old Woolworth lunch counter back in the 60’s. The counter was segregated and students from the all-black Sterling High School made their quiet stand for civil rights and against discrimination. After a few years, downtown businesses ended segregation peacefully. The Sterling High School students memorial statue will remain among the new buildings at its corner where Woolworth’s used to be.