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What’s inside the huge brick building on Lawndale Drive in Greensboro?

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GREENSBORO, N.C. -- A series of community design workshops this week are aimed at revamping Lawndale Drive by reusing vacant buildings for new apartments, townhomes and businesses.

The old Sears distribution center is among the buildings being looked at for reuse. The huge brick building is about 1.7 million cubic square-feet in size and is not really being used for anything currently. Designers are looking at ways to possibly put apartments in the building or make the building mixed use.

Plans to revamp Lawndale Drive also include expanding sidewalks and bike trails.

The area of Lawndale Drive in need of growth sits between Cone Boulevard and Cornwallis Drive which now houses several empty retail buildings.

“There needs to be growth and economic opportunity,” said Margaret Collins, executive director of Center for Creative Economy.

The group, along with Design Link and Piedmont Together, represent local designers and architects drawing up plans for the Lawndale neighborhood.

"We’re looking at apartments, townhomes, film studios, gymnasiums, schools," Collins said.

The community workshops have already worked in six other cities including Winston-Salem's Polo Road.

"I think it's a great idea," said Faye Mohorn, who owns Maison, an antique and consignment furniture store on Lawndale.

Her shop sits between several vacant buildings.

"It doesn't look good for the shops to be empty," Mohorn said.

She says she's in favor of any plan that will bring more people to the street.

“You can pull more people that will walk into your store and hopefully buy something," she said.

The groups behind the workshops hope to present their final drawings to the city and the public by May.


  • FaithC

    They did it in Winston when they converted the old tobacco buildings to very nice high end apartments. Maybe it would work in Greensboro.

      • Vf

        Not really ghettoish over there, yes low end apartments in the area but there are also some very expensive home and well established neighborhoods and high end town homes, condos ect would only add value to the area.

  • Ed

    Fox 8 does seem to think the viewers cannot think beyond what is being told. Just one of many reasons I don’t watch their news anymore.

    • Todd

      I know what a cubic foot is, and I know what a square foot is, but I’ve never heard of a cubic square foot!

      • NobodyAtAll

        Good point Todd..Have worked in weights and measures all my life but have never heard of cubic square feet..

  • Diane Purcell

    Oh sure – apartments. I don’t know about that. I can see ‘project’ happening really quick with alot of small apartments in mass construction there. I’d love to see something done with the lower floors more community oriented and business with perhaps some upper level higher end condos on the top, perhaps. That way it handles community and business as well as higher end living quarters. I also would’ve LOVED to see the inside! Interesting history to that building and I’m disapointed that we didn’t get a glimpse inside.

  • Amber

    Wow! Last time I checked I work there, so actually it is being used for something. Please get your facts correct. The cars in the parking lot of the warehouse should have been a good indication something is going on inside the warehouse.

  • Christina

    I think Greensboro has enough apartments around here–wouldn’t a small event center or skating rink be a more interesting use for the space?

    • Vf

      Great idea Christina. That is what I was thinks, a event center would be a awesome idea. You should share your idea with the board that is working on this.

  • Chris

    You mean to tell me that a NEWS PROGRAM sent a CAMERA AND A REPORTER to report on an “abandoned building”…they saw CARS IN THE PARKING LOT and it never occurred to you to actually KNOCK ON THE DOOR AND FIND OUT IF SOMEONE WAS USING THE BUILDING????

    Stop calling yourselves “FOX 8 News” and start calling yourselves “FOX 8 – We just report whatever we hear other people say without bothering to find out if it’s true or not.”

  • Malem

    Really, an empty building. Over half of it is in use as a shipping and receiving warehouse. Probably at least 100 people working in it.The site has power water and employs people.
    Sad attempt at reporting here.

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