Spartanburg’s Upward Star Center Sells for $24 million


Spartanburg’s Upward Star Center Sells for $24 million

SVN Blackstream® Celebrates Monumental Sale of Upward Star Center Campus and Sports Complex

Blackstream SVN® is delighted to announce the successful sale of the Upward Star Center located in Spartanburg County. Advisor Shannon Donahoo represented the buyer, Global Outreach Academy, in this transaction.

The esteemed Upward Star Center campus and sports complex is in Wellford has now found new ownership. Expertly represented by Donahoo, a dedicated specialist in Charter School sales and acquisitions under SVN Blackstream®, the properties were sold in two transactions for an impressive sum of $24 million. 

Ms. Donahoo represented Ilya Soroka, the CEO of outreach education for Global Outreach Charter Academy. Part of this transaction will be allocated for future development.

“A charter school is a tuition-free school. Charter schools add value to a community by addressing unique educational needs, promoting academic excellence, and encouraging parental involvement,” explains Donahoo.

While the sports complex situated on US Highway 29 will remain dedicated to athletic activities, the site will also see the inception of a K-8th grade charter school. This new establishment aims to accommodate the 300 students currently enrolled and the additional 500 students eagerly waiting for their chance. Donahoo points out that Global’s expansion into this locality introduces a premium education standard to the Spartanburg community where students can excel at their fullest potential. With a strong focus on imparting foreign languages, Global Academy is committed to molding future global leaders, ready to make a mark on the international stage.

Speaking about this landmark sale, Lars Gruenefeld, the COO of SVN® Blackstream remarked, “Shannon Donahoo’s strength in the commercial real estate arena is undeniable. Her specialized expertise in educational facilities and her insights into the development of charter schools in the Carolinas have been invaluable. We are truly proud of her exceptional contribution.”

For any further information or queries, please contact SVN Blackstream® Commercial Real Estate.


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Elizabeth Lord, Marketing Director
Blackstream | Christie’s International Real Estate
Phone: (864) 920-0303


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