Projects on Charlotte’s fringes dominate CREative Thinkers Awards

The Carolinas Chapter of the Counselors of Real Estate honored the winners of its 9th annual CREative Thinkers Awards at a luncheon at Carmel Country Club Wednesday. The group prides itself on being the eggheads of commercial real estate, acting as counselors and advisers on complex real estate problems. Membership is invitation only and requires an in-depth review of a candidate’s work and contribution to the industry and greater community. On Wednesday, Counselors of Real Estate Carolina Chapter member Jody Odom said the winners represented thoughtful leadership and the spirit of giving back to communities. The Pump House’s developers were among the selected winners.

Elliott Close & Colby Mosier

Elliott Close & Colby Mosier – The Pumphouse, Rock Hill, S.C.

Developers turned a former industrial pump house, once a highly visible sign of industrial decay,into a fine-dining tablecloth restaurant with a lovely view of the Catawba River. The plant once pumped 5 million gallons of water daily from the river to the Celanese textile and chemical plant. The building had stood vacant for years when the developers hatched their plans. The pump house, with its broken windows, was visible to motorists on the U.S. 21 bridge, a sore reminder of how Celanese ceased production in 2005 after 57 years of operations.

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