$100 million industrial park being built near historic SC Freeway. Here’s the plan

A 350-acre area adjacent to the historic and now closed Greenville Pickens Speedway will be developed as a Speedway Business & Technology Park.

Developer RealtyLink recently announced plans for the first phase of what will eventually become a 600-acre industrial park in Easley. The company said in a press release that it will invest $100 million in Phase I and have 1 million square feet of industrial space.

On its website, RealtyLink shows 10 buildings across the site, primarily for warehouses and distribution, and will offer 4 million square feet of space.

RealtyLink plans to build sidewalks, walkways and other amenities.

According to the release, RealtyLink’s Phil Wilson and Stan Tzouvelekas, along with CBRE, are in the process of signing tenants.

Neither could be reached for comment on a timeline for construction or whether the speedway property was part of the purchase from Kevin Whitaker, a Greenville car dealer who has owned the speedway and surrounding property since 2003.

The 83-year-old track was not in use during last year’s racing season, the first time racing has been dark since World War II.

Racer Jackie Manley led a fundraising campaign to operate the track, but failed to raise the $100,000 Whitaker needed.

The group raised $60,000, which was donated to Shriners Hospital.

Greenville Pickens Speedway opened in 1940 as a half-mile dirt track. When racing resumed after the war on Independence Day, fans saw two horse races and a car race promoted by Bill France Sr., who founded NASCAR two years later.

The Blackwell family purchased the track in 1955, the same year NASCAR began sanctioning races there. The later paved circuit has hosted several Winston Cup races over the years.

Richard Petty, Junior Johnson, David Pearson, Dale Earnhardt and his son Dale Jr. raced there. Many of the names of the legendary racers are still painted on the walls surrounding the track.