This parking lot off Lockwood Drive and Spring Street may one day be the site of a new eight story mixed-use building. (Source: WCSC)
"The Gadsden" to be built at corner of Concord and Laurens Street (Source: City of Charleston)
10 Westedge to be built at corner of Lockwood Drive and Spring Street (Source: City of Charleston)
CHARLESTON, SC (WCSC) -
The Charleston Board of Architectural Review (Large) will review plans for two major areas of development on the peninsula to accommodate the growth of the city.
City staff will look at plans for construction of a condominium development, The Gadsden, at the corner of Concord and Laurens Streets, near the South Carolina Aquarium.
They will also give final approval for an eight-story mixed-use development surrounding a five-story parking garage in the Westedge District, off Lockwood Drive and Spring Street.
According to data from the Census Bureau, the tri-county is seeing an average of 48 newcomers each day.
The downtown Charleston area has seen an increase in the number of people moving onto the peninsula. The city of Charleston is looking at several proposed areas on the peninsula to provide places for people to live.
Those areas include the Magnolia project along I-26 along the Ashley River in the neck area of the peninsula, the Westedge District by Joseph P. Riley Jr. Park, and the Gadsdenboro Park area by the Aquarium.
"I am one of those people who came here,” said John Hodgson, who has lived in Charleston one year. “This town is a real gift and there's so much good that is happening and continues to happen here."
Hodgson lives in the Gadsdenboro Park area up near the Aquarium, one of many areas booming with development.
"With anything in a city like this, it's all about balance," Hodgson said.
Plans show the condominium development would sit between the Williams Terrace senior housing under construction right now, and the Anson House condo complex.
"I don't mind the condos so much, it's just the traffic," said Dennis Wheelus, who has lived in the area for five years. Wheelus has seen the change in his neighborhood. Now with plans to add a motel and condo units, he's worried about traffic.
"With the traffic here and the [International] African [American] Museum going up over there, I don't know how we're going to get all of these people on the road," he said.
"[With] a lot of developments and stuff, it's not making it easier and they're not doing anything about the roads to add to the people coming in," said Velvet Brown, who lived in Charleston for 30+ years.
Traffic isn't the only concern.
"We need to preserve a historic value that we bring,” Wheelus said. “I think that's why most people come."
Some people had mixed feelings about putting a hold on these developments.
Mount Pleasant town council voted Tuesday for a 180 day moratorium on apartment developments. Some people who live downtown said it wouldn't benefit the city of Charleston to have a moratorium, while others said growth is going to happen no matter what you try to do.
The Westedge building up for final approval Wednesday night is an eight story mixed-use building that will be filled with retail, office, and residential space.
The building would be built in the current parking lot off Lockwood Drive and Spring Street.