Thursday, October 10, 2013
The Goose Creek Architectural Review Board has tabled a site plan, fencing, landscaping, materials and elevation application presented by Albert Heyward, owner of a storage business that is moving into Plantation Square where the abandoned Food Lion sits.
At its Sept. 16 meeting, ARB members voted unanimously to table the motion for the applications until they received more information from Heyward.
Heyward said the property will be called Universal Storage Solutions at Plantation Square. He presented architectural renderings of property elevation to the board.
“We’re fixing up the old buildings,” Heyward said. “We’re going to pressure wash the building. We’re redoing the stucco.”
The building will be a beige desert tan color, the roll up doors and roof will be a hunter’s green color, the trim purple and the columns white, according to Heyward’s presentation.
“We’re putting glass back on these windows,” Heyward said. “The frames are OK. The glass has been busted out. The electric boxes and air conditioners have all been stolen. It’s unbelievable.”
ARB members and Heyward disagreed on fencing. Heyward said he may put in a barbed wire fence for security or a decorative chain-link fence with spikes on it.
He said fencing is to protect his clients.
“I don’t see theft as being that big of a problem with surveillance and lighting,” ARB member Joel Arenson said. “I’ve got a real problem with having a chain-link fence on this property because of where it’s located.
“That’s just my position. I don’t represent the entire board . . . we’re representing the city aesthetics. Cost isn’t our primary concern.”
Heyward said that a chain link fence costs about $12 per linear foot, while a vinyl fence costs about $18, and a razor rip fence $23.
“This property may be here for 30 years as the city grows,” Arenson said. “We want to fit the city’s comprehensive plan.”
“My clients are going to want a black chain-link fence there,” Heyward said. “We’re taking a property and turning it into a tax-generating entity.”
City Planning Director Sarah Hanson said a black, vinyl-coated chain-link fence is allowed in the overlay district.
“The property is currently not up to code,” ARB member John Sanders said.
“We’re trying to get under construction ASAP,” Heyward said, adding that he is hoping to be open for business by Dec. 1.
“We’re putting a lot of money into this,” Heyward said. “We’re going to make it work.”
Arenson asked if he would have U-Haul trucks out front.
Heyward replied that he would only have one or two trucks out front for advertising purposes. The rest would be in the back.