Houses proposed on school land

An eight-story, mixed-use building surrounding a five-story parking deck is slated for the site of Crosby’s Seafood at 382 Spring St. in Charleston.

Vacant land behind a private school in Mount Pleasant could soon become new home sites.

Miami-based Trident Land Investors wants to build 19 houses on 10 acres it leased behind Trident Academy at 1455 Wakendaw Road. Plans show the existing school and gym remaining in place while a secondary building behind it would be removed to make way for the new houses.

The Mount Pleasant Planning Commission will consider the request April 20.

Also on the agenda, developer Fred Whittle of Jupiter Holdings says the former First Federal Bank building at 602 Johnnie Dodds Blvd. is not the highest and best use of the property and has had no interest from retailers or banks for reuse.

He wants the property, owned by Charleston-based Buck Investments Inc., to be rezoned to allow other business uses.

New condominiums are being proposed for downtown Charleston.

Concord Park Associates plans to build a new complex at the corner of Concord and Laurens streets in Gadsdenboro Park in downtown Charleston. The site is near the Maritime Center, on the opposite end of the same tract where another condo building is planned behind a hotel.

Colorado-based East West Partners wants to build a five-story structure with 34 units over parking off Concord Street, behind a proposed five-story Starwood Hotel on nearby Calhoun Street.

The Board of Architectural Review will consider the requests Wednesday.

Also on the agenda is a request to build an eight-story, mixed-use building surrounding a five-story parking deck at 382 Spring St. as part of the WestEdge development. The site now houses Crosby’s Seafood.

Construction is underway on one of the many senior-living centers coming to the Charleston region.

Locally based Frampton Construction Co. recently broke ground on the 100-unit Blake at Carnes Crossroads, a project of Mississippi developer Cardinal Ventures.

The 88,000-square-foot assisted-living and memory-care facility should be completed by May 2017.

Carnes Crossroads is a master-planned community in Berkeley County being developed by the Daniel Island Co.

Frampton is also building a sister Blake facility called The Blake at Woodcreek Farms in Elgin near Columbia.

The Carnes Croosroads project brings to at least 11 the number of senior-care centers planned or under construction in the Charleston area to meet the growing demand of area retirees and aging baby boomers.

Others coming to the area include three in West Ashley, four in Mount Pleasant and one each for Daniel Island, James Island and North Charleston. All of the centers, when completed, will bring nearly 1,600 new units to the region.

Home prices in the Charleston-North Charleston area, including distressed sales, jumped 7.3 percent in February compared to the same month last year, property information service CoreLogic reported.

Home prices in February dropped slightly 0.1 percent from January.

CoreLogic does not report actual home prices.

Nationally, home prices, including distressed sales, climbed 6.8 percent year over year in February and 1.1 percent month over month.

Distressed sales include short sales and bank-owned foreclosure transactions.

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