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The GATEWAY: Historical Treasure Transformed Into Downtown Office Space.

Former mill becomes hub for entrepreneurial and creative commerce in downtown Greensboro’s booming South End.

Nearly a century ago the new Blue Bell factory opened at the corner of South Elm and Lee Streets. Already renowned as the textile capital of the South, Greensboro was about to enter a decades-long era of growth with the Blue Bell operation integral to that expansion.  Of course, we all know how global competition ended that story. 

Fortunately, this symbol of Greensboro’s rich history remains, with virtually all of its unique character intact. The GATEWAY’s mission is to preserve that character while modernizing the property to serve and inspire today’s entrepreneurial and creative classes and open new doors of opportunity.

  • Early 20th Century Industrial Character
  • Soaring Ceilings, Exposed Beams & Brick
  • Work/Life Balance Amenities — Coffee Kiosk, Yoga/Meditation Space, Rooftop Deck
  • North State Gigabit Internet Throughout
  • Easy Access I-85/I-40
  • Elm Street-Facing Retail Space
  • Ample Parking On-Site

Click here to see Fox 8’s interview with Andy Zimmerman about the Gateway Building.


Over the last decade, Greensboro has witnessed the stunning turn-around of South Elm Street. The forgotten end of Greensboro’s “main drag” suffered from years of neglect beginning with the migration to the suburbs in the 1960s and ‘70s and continuing through the ‘90s. Until some ambitious developers saw the potential in the many historical properties of the neighborhood and began reviving the neighborhood.


The Gateway Building

HQ Greensboro

The Forge

The WORX Restaurant

Green Bean


Natty Greene's Pub & Brewing

Gibb's Hundred Brewing Company

Cheesecakes by Alex

Mellow Mushroom

Table 16

Dame's Chicken & Waffles

Among them, AZ Development has been one of the most energetic champions. In just a few short years the company has transformed the once-dodgy West Lewis Street corridor into a bustling area of business and commerce that includes The Forge makerspace, Gibbs Brewery, HQ Greensboro and soon-to-open office/retail space that front Elm Street. These enterprises add lively diversity to what is quickly becoming the city’s most dynamic, creative neighborhood. And now, with AZ Development’s restoration of  The GATEWAY, Greensboro’s South End will have inspiring office and entrepreneurial space whose character and mission is in keeping with the spirt of the neighborhood.