Thursday, April 11, 2013
A prominent North Main Street property could be converted to shops and restaurants as soon as the owners can make it profitable.
GH Summerville purchased the Strobel Tire & Oil Company property at 1101 North Main Street in December and plans to raze the building and develop a new concept from scratch.
More exciting for town officials, the new owners are asking to annex into Summerville. The town has wanted that property in town for years, Mayor Bill Collins said.
It’s assessed by Berkeley County at $2.3 million.
Mikell Harper of GH Summerville said his company is looking at two or three options, with one plan being a retail center.
“We love it,” he said of the property.
The total property is about 5.5 acres, and part of it is already in town, he said, making the property its own little donut hole.
To make the situation even more complicated, a small part is in Dorchester County, with most of it in Berkeley County.
Harper said he’d like to connect the property to the Home Depot site and Gum Street behind it.
That section of Gum Street is closed off and unpaved, he said, but is still on the books as a public road.
Town Engineer Russ Cornette said the owners haven’t talked to staff in a while about their plans for the road.
Improvements would have to meet town standards and be approved by the town, he said.
GH Summerville would like to start development as soon as possible, Harper said.
“It’s really driven by the market,” he said.
Town Council plans to hold first reading of the annexation at its meeting Wednesday.