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Greenville mayor highlights business, housing growth in 'State of the City'

GREENVILLE, N.C. (WNCT) - Greenville Mayor PJ Connelly gave his first "State of the City" address on Monday night. The mayor highlighted business and housing growth in the Uptown area. He said the city is growing at "record pace."

"We want to continue to grow the economic hub of Eastern North Carolina," he said.

An example of that growth can be seen along Dickinson Avenue in Uptown. A new, student apartment building, University Edge, is set to open there this fall.

"We are super excited for our residents to be able to take advantage of all of the new growth that is coming -- all of the restaurants, we are actually going to have also some new restaurants on our first floor, some retail. So I think it's going to be a great addition to the downtown area," said Lindsey Blizzard, leasing consultant at University Edge. 

Mayor Connelly said more spaces similar to the one on Dickinson are coming to the area. 

"There is currently more than 600 thousand square feet of new residential construction, nearly 42 thousand square feet of new or adaptive retail space and approximately 215 thousand square feet of office space planned or underway in the Uptown area," he said.

Mayor Connelly said he believes these new additions, a long with the current ones, are making the city a head turner throughout the state. 

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