If you were to consider the economic malaise caused by the coronavirus, Darryl Holland might not be the first person you’d expect to complete one of the most significant new developments along the reemerging Laurens Road corridor.
He’s a real estate attorney, not a developer.
But he also fancies himself a news junkie. Back in 2017 he kept close tabs on the slow-moving plans for a Laurens Road extension of the Swamp Rabbit Trail, which along its 22-mile stretch from north of Travelers Rest to downtown Greenville has energized businesses and reshaped neighborhoods.
Now, the Upstate native’s vision for 12 acres along the trail is all coming together.
The introduction of a distinguished Charleston restaurant — Home Team BBQ — into Greenville’s budding dining scene.
A new, rooftop brewery concept — Double Stamp Brewery — led by a longtime craft beer entrepreneur whose selection of a name is inspired by the classic comedy “Dumb and Dumber.”
And soon, close-to-finalized plans for a Flying Rabbit zip line adventure park to take form three stories up among the century-old trees Holland insisted on preserving along the trail.
“You can read in the paper that the Swamp Rabbit is important, but until you’ve actually lived it, and see the people, then you understand,” Holland told The Post and Courier following a ground breaking for the project Wednesday. “That’s going to be the Swamp Rabbit Highway.”
As the stakeholders tossed a little with golden-colored shovels for a photo op, crews were behind them beginning the actual work of laying…