MT. PLEASANT, SC (WCSC) - A plan to makeover the "Main Street" of Mount Pleasant is well underway, with the very first business now open since the town's Coleman Boulevard Revitalization Plan was released three years ago.
With much of the town's development taking place on Highway 17 North, town officials wanted to make sure the "Main Street" of town, Coleman Boulevard, remained competitive and made into a vibrant downtown.
Town official Christiane Farrell says the plan has been underway since 2008.
"What we're starting to see is some buildings that are actually being constructed in accordance with those revitalization plans, which would be the wider sidewalks, the mixture of uses, the ability to have outdoor dining, outdoor display," Farrell said.
The first addition to the town under the Coleman Boulevard Revitalization Plan is Juanita Greenburg's Nacho Royale, which opened in April. General Manager John Scroggs says working with the town's new guidelines for a pedestrian friendly street has been good for business.
"They've walked down the sidewalks, they've ridden bicycles. Kids of all ages have come out on the sidewalks, seen 10-12 bicycles each night. It's been really good to see the family atmosphere happen here," Scroggs said.
Town planners say Shem Creek Park is set to be complete by fall, with public access to shrimp docks and green space.
Farrell says the largest proposal under the revitalization plan is a project for new apartments and retail or restaurant space, which is currently going through the approval process, to be built here near the Brookgreen Town Center on Coleman.
A few blocks down, the town's very first bank under the revitalization plan, Heritage Trust, is also under construction. Near the gateway to Sullivans Island on Ben Sawyer Boulevard, there is even more development with the construction site of Triangle Char and Bar restaurant.
"It is very exciting, to get people to be able to live and work and walk and eat and play and all that sort of stuff all in one place," Farrell said.
Some of the guidelines for new businesses along Coleman Boulevard include: buildings at least two stories tall, buildings built near the street, and a wide sidewalk of at least eight feet.
The town Planning Department says the town just hired the Transystems firm to study the possibility of adding medians, bike lanes, and on-street parallel parking along Coleman, to make the street even more pedestrian friendly.