Former Reuben’s on King may be headed for demolition
The upper King Street store that housed Reuben’s Men’s and Boys’ Wear for many years could be on its way to the rubble pile.
The two-story, wood-and-stucco building at 480 King St. is in “fair” shape, but it has significant rot and water damage, local structural engineer Jason Broadway said in a report on the building’s condition to property owner 480 King St. LLC. The property was bought in the spring by an Ohio-based investment firm. Reuben’s closed last spring.
Broadway is recommending demolition for a number of reasons. The stucco added during a previous renovation is redirecting water into the structure, adding to the water damage of the exterior walls, he said. Flooding during heavy rains also reaches the bottom of the floor joists on the ground floor, posing a risk to the long-term longevity of the flooring and the building as a whole, Broadway said.
He said the lot cannot be regraded to alleviate flooding because of nearby structures and utilities. Regrading also would undermine the existing shallow foundation, further destabilizing the building.
Broadway recommended the main structure, which held retail space on the ground floor and living space upstairs, and another small building with a failed floor on the lot’s rear be torn down.
The Charleston Board of Architectural Review will take up the building’s future on Wednesday.
Local businessman Reuben Reeder operated the shop in the building he bought after 15 years as manager and later owner of Leon’s Men’s and Boys’ Wear, which was across the street until 1996. Reeder changed the name when he moved to 480 King St. He died in 2005.
The owners want to replace the building with a new structure, possibly three floors, with retail on the first level and office space upstairs, according to Glick/Boehm & Associates architectural firm.
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