A Mississippi-based developer that owns assisted living facilities throughout the Southeast wants to build a facility in Summerville; it would be the company’s first in South Carolina.
CR Properties, a Hattiesburg-based real estate development company, presented conceptual plans to Summerville’s Commercial Design Review Board on Thursday. Conceptual review does not require a vote.
The Claiborne at Summerville is proposed for a vacant property at 150 Grandview Drive-inside of the strip retail center called Brickyard Crossing. The facility would feature 78 independent living units, 50 assisted living and 20 memory care. The three-story facility would require between 135-160 parking spaces.
Board members were generally accepting of the proposed site plan and the architecture. Tim Macholl, zoning administrator for the town, said the board recommended that more brick be used in the façade to make it fit better with the “Brickyard Crossing” theme. There was also an extensive discussion concerning the proposed parking at the development, and where it should go based on the existing development and existing parking agreements.
Macholl said the facility provides “an interesting mix of uses” at Brickyard Crossing.
Also considered by the CDRB on Thursday was the renovation of an existing two-story office building at 140 North Main Street. Jeff Baxter from Cityvolve presented proposed plans for conceptual review. He said the office building needs a major redesign that would modernize and enhance the building’s exterior.
Board members were optimistic about transforming the building into something more aesthetically pleasing. However, they encouraged Baxter to create a design that is more engaging with North Main Street.
Macholl said he is excited to see a redevelopment of an existing building in downtown into class A office space.
“This can only serve to bring more people into downtown and with success it can be a good example of the potential for future development in downtown,” Macholl said.