Union Square training center opens its doors in downtown Greensboro

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GREENSBORO, N.C. -- If you drive down Gate City Boulevard into downtown Greensboro you might notice something a little different.

For a little over a year now, work has been done to complete the first building of the new Union Square campus, which will house a nursing training center.

Friday, the campus held a grand opening for the ceremony as hundreds attended.

“It’s a much better face for people coming into our city to see what this looks like,”  Board Chairman Pat Danahy said.

Greensboro’s newest addition to its downtown is also Frank Brainard and Margaret Borrego’s newest neighbor, who also attended Friday’s ceremony.

For 10 years now, the couple has lived across the street from what used to be an abandoned bakery building.

“At first we were concerned because there was a lot of talk about all the different ideas that they had,” Borrego stated.

"They were talking about building a hotel and somebody said it wasn’t practical but I think with the initiative when the business people got together with the universities and really start to plan and then they really started getting input from folks,” she went on to say.

Danahy says that besides the growth of the campus itself, the city has several other projects along this area.

“This will go a long way in terms of continuing the development of this part of our community,” he said.

The building itself is a four-way partnership between Cone Health, GTCC, NC A&T and UNCG.

It is aimed at training future and already practicing nurses.

“I think this will be a catalyst but I think that things were moving in that direction, have been moving that way for a year or so,” said Danahy.

“We’ve been happy here. This is a great place to live and this is just making it a much better place,” said Brainard.

The training center is just phase one, but there are three more phases to go.

Officials are in planning stages of what that will look like.