The developer of the proposed $30 million mixed-use project for the Hughes Lumber site in downtown Charleston hopes the latest proposal will win approval when it goes before the Board of Architectural Review for a fourth time Wednesday.
Plans for 33 apartments, ground floor retail and a 590-space parking deck hit a snag in June when the BAR said the historic part of a Hughes Lumber building must remain intact on the Mary Street property.
The latest plans incorporate the 500-square-foot structure into the site plan by moving it 30 feet to a corner of the property behind Bluestein’s Men’s Wear store on King Street, said Pat Marr, managing member of CMB Property Co. of Charleston, which is overseeing redevelopment plans for the Hughes parcel.
“We think we have a good design,” he said. “We spent a lot of time with city staff. We are hopeful that we are going to get approved.”
The developer asked the BAR in June to move the historic part of the business to other sites on the western side of the peninsula, but the panel unanimously rejected that idea.
The redevelopment project calls for a seven-story parking deck on the interior of the tract with apartments wrapping around it on Mary and Reid streets, Marr said. The parking deck and apartments would be accessible from Mary and Reid streets.
A courtyard will sit between the relocated structure and the proposed 236,000-square-foot building under the new plan, Marr said. Residents could enter the courtyard to access the apartments.
He’s not sure of the use for the historic structure, but he suggested a leasing office.
Marr said he considered putting the relocated historic building on the east side of the tract next to the rail line, but he and city staff members believed it would appear out of scale next to an 80-foot-tall building.
Plans to redevelop the site are not connected to the shuttered Morris Sokol Furniture site, which closed last fall after 94 years on the peninsula, Marr said. Developers of the King Street property, which abuts the Hughes Lumber site, have not announced intentions for the 50,000-square-foot Morris Sokol building except it will be a mixed-use project.
Marr said an arrangement could be worked out for the parking deck in case the Morris Sokol developers want to use it.
If the Hughes Lumber project clears the city’s regulatory hurdles this year, Marr hopes to break ground the first part of 2017 with the parking deck finished by late next summer and apartments ready for move in by the end of 2017.
Apartment prices will be dictated by the market, and the units will primarily house post-graduate professionals, not students, he said.
Hughes Lumber and Building Supply, True Value Hardware and an affiliated equipment rental business continue to operate on the site.
John Burn, one of the owners of the property, said in December the family owns 2 acres near the International Longshoremen’s Association building on Morrison Drive that could serve as an alternate site if they choose to build elsewhere. The company also operates an equipment rental business in Mount Pleasant.
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