At least 4 new apartment buildings planned

The tree-covered lot at center and the two-story building make up the site of a proposed multifamily development north of the off-ramp (left) of Interstate 26 onto Meeting Street on peninsular Charleston.

The site of the old Cooper River bridges on peninsular Charleston soon could see new multifamily development along with two other parcels in West Ashley and Mount Pleasant.

At the old bridge site on Meeting Street, three owners of several tracts that make up just over an acre are planning a multistory building. The site is north of the off-ramp of Interstate 26 onto Meeting Street.

Property owners Gruca Properties, Venters Capital and Frederick Fabian are asking the city of Charleston to rezone the site from light-industrial and general-business use to mixed-use workforce housing.

They also want the rear portion of the property to allow a structure up to 80 feet tall. It is currently zoned for up to 55 feet.

Plans call for 100 feet of the structure facing Meeting Street to maintain the 55-foot height restriction while the portion farther from the street and nearer to the viaduct of I-26 would be 80 feet, or high enough to allow about seven stories. It will include ground-floor retail space on Meeting Street.

The number of units has not been determined, according to a city planning official.

The properties’ addresses are 511-519 Meeting St. and 88-90 Cooper St. Fabian of Mount Pleasant is associated with Venters Capital.

“We are excited about the development of Charleston as it moves northward,” he said. He referred other questions to others involved in the project.

Gruca Properties is registered to Gary Gruca of Charleston. He could not be reached for comment.

The city’s Planning Commission will take up the request Wednesday.

The site is one block away from where Atlanta real estate investor Brand Properties wants to build a five-story, mixed-use building with 128 apartment units on the opposite side of Meeting, between Jackson and Lee streets. That site is just north of the foot of the old Cooper River bridges.

The Brand Properties’ structure will include a 208-space parking deck and about 11,200 square feet of office space, according to plans submitted to the city.

In West Ashley, a 10-acre tract off Ashley River Road near Westwood Plaza shopping center, where Harris Teeter will put a grocery store, is being eyed for a new apartment complex called Ashley River Residences.

Ashley River Holdings LLC has submitted plans to the city to build a 174-unit, multifamily housing development in five three-story buildings at 1871 Ashley River Road. The complex would include a clubhouse and leasing office. The site is between Wallace School and Savage roads.

The project is a joint development between Caerus Construction Co. of Mount Pleasant and Trident Construction Co. of North Charleston.

Jim Kourafas of Caerus said developers chose the location because it’s one of the few areas left untouched by growth in the region, and he believes the time is right to build there.

Construction could begin within the next few weeks with completion by September 2016, he said.

The city’s Technical Review Committee will look at the plans Thursday.

In Mount Pleasant, the owner of the 270-unit River’s Walk apartment complex on 301 Seaport Lane in Mount Pleasant plans to add another building to the relatively new development.

MSP Cooper River Village LLC wants to build a 78-unit, three-story building at 601 Seaport Lane. It will be the fourth building in the complex off Mathis Ferry Road near the National Guard Armory. Christiane Farrell with the town of Mount Pleasant’s planning office said construction could begin soon.

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