Greenville’s Judson Mill adds country music venue, rock climbing gym


The COVID-19 pandemic has not slowed progress on the Judson Mill project, which will soon welcome new tenants to its 36-acre development. But opinions among area residents about the project remain mixed. 

A country-based music venue is the latest addition to the mill, complete with a four-sided bar, a mechanical bull and space for up to 1,000 people. 

Cowboy Up Nightlife is on track to open in late spring 2021. Developer Howard Dozier brands the venue as a spot for “new wave country,” although he plans to bring in a variety of genres: indie, folk, rock and more. 

“I think there’s a lot of pent-up demand after COVID restrictions hopefully release soon, and I think I’ll be there in great position to satisfy a lot of people’s needs of getting out and enjoying life again,” Dozier said. 

Development plans for Judson Mill include 204 apartments, 215,000 square feet of office space, 106,000 square feet of industrial space, 35,000 square feet of flex space and 12 acres of retail parcels. The property sold for $6 million in 2017 to Ken Reiter, a developer from Chapel Hill, NC.

Neighborhood reaction mixed

Norberto Moreno told the News on Friday the property taxes on his home around the corner from the development have doubled in the seven years he’s owned it. Now, Moreno wonders if they’ll go higher still, once Judson Mill is finished. 

“I’m worried my taxes are going to go up. Well, I know they will go up,” he said, pausing to wipe sweat from his face while shoveling gravel in his driveway.

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