MONROE — Rehab Development Inc., hosted a groundbreaking ceremony on Wednesday morning (Sept. 8) to celebrate construction starting in and around the former Piedmont Buggy Works Factory at 514 Miller Street behind the Community Shelter of Union County.

The historic landmark has stood for 111 years, previously serving as a buggy factory as well as a cotton mill. The building is now being restored into apartments and will include 56 units.

It is projected to open around Thanksgiving of 2022, according to Patrick Reilly, President of Rehab Development.

Members of City of Monroe Council, and other community dignitaries, joined the groundbreaking ceremony.

Interim City Manager Brian Borne said: “It’s a big day for all of us here in Monroe with this project. Monroe is growing and we do have a bright future and this project is proof of that.”