Places in Peril 2014: Gregson Street Corridor

South Gregson Street

Why it’s important:

Initially nominated to Places in Peril in 2011, the nine parcels along the South Gregson Street corridor between the railroad overpass and West Chapel Hill Street remain a vastly underutilized land resource. Now that a new apartment complex has gone up south of Chapel Hill Street, this strip faces development pressure from both sides, especially as parking needs grow.

The most prominent building on the site is a mid-1950’s low slung modern commercial building with distinctive cantilevered canopies. Known as the Medical Arts Building, it has been vacant since the 1990s. Two older brick buildings sit up the hill, one vacant and the other an early example of mixed-use development: the primarily residential structure was