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GREENSBORO, N.C. – Today, downtown Greensboro welcomed its newest apartment building, 1618 Downtown. It will include a restaurant on the main level, which is not yet open, and historic apartments above, which are open.

Gary Brame, chairman of the board for Downtown Greensboro, Inc., said that is just one of many developments completed or already in the works downtown.

In the past year, he says around 50 developments have been completed or planned.

"Couple of big ones -- Opportunity Greensboro, which is a college campus that'll be at the Lee and Arlington corner. There will be 400 students there by the end of next year. There are three hotels going up. And of course the Tanger Center. Having a performing arts center in downtown Greensboro is just a tremendous boom to the city."

Brame said a few years ago, he sold his home in New Irving Park to move downtown instead.

"It's vibrant. It's safe. It's delightful to be downtown."