Construction expected to begin on Wintzell’s

Published 6:28 pm Monday, July 14, 2014

Greenville Mayor Dexter McLendon poses with a rendering of Wintzell’s Oyster House. (File Photo)

Greenville Mayor Dexter McLendon poses with a rendering of Wintzell’s Oyster House. (File Photo)

One of the most talked about economic development projects in the City of Greenville may soon begin taking shape.

According to Greenville Mayor Dexter McLendon, Rogers & Willard, the company contracted to construct Wintzell’s Oyster House along Interstate Drive, is expected to move its equipment to the site on Friday.

In December, officials with the city announced the Greenville Downtown Redevelopment Authority would purchase Wintzell’s Oyster House CEO Bob Donlon’s property along Interstate Drive for $325,000 and then construct the restaurant, which it will lease back to Wintzell’s Oyster House.

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According to the nearly $1.4 million contract between the Greenville Downtown Redevelopment Authority and Rogers & Willard, the company will have 140 days to complete the construction of the restaurant.

Rogers & Willard has previously constructed two other Wintzell’s Oyster House locations.

“Like all construction projects, there will be a time when things move real fast, and then there will be a point when things slow down, but hopefully everything will be finished by November,” McLendon said.

McLendon also said that the new traffic light near the soon-to-be rerouted intersection of Hwy. 185 and Interstate Drive will not be used until after Aug. 11. The traffic light, which is currently located in front of the Texaco and Exxon stations, will move toward Krystal.

“We’ve decided not to switch it until a little closer to the start of school since we’re seeing a lot of travelers come in off the interstate,” McLendon said. “We thought that would be best.”

McLendon said once the change is made, there will be signs and striping on the road, as well as police officers directing traffic to help motorists navigate the new intersection.

“We’ll do everything we can to make it a smooth transition for everyone,” McLendon said.