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Planning commission OKs senior housing facility plans

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Plans were approved Wednesday by Charleston’s Municipal Planning Commission for the future site of Shrewsbury Village. The 32-unit senior housing facility will also have 8,000 square feet of commercial space on its first floor.

Bill Turner — President at Pison Development — will start building a senior housing facility in downtown Charleston next month, after the Municipal Planning Commission approved the project’s site plan.

Shrewsbury Village — located on Shrewsbury Street near Dickinson and Lewis streets — will have 32 units, as well as 8,000 square feet of commercial space on its first floor, Turner told commissioners Wednesday.

“We’ve outgrown our Quarrier Street location, and we’ll be moving into that building, as well as two other tenants,” Turner said.

Pison will take up about a third of the first floor. While the other potential tenants haven’t been named yet, Turner said they are likely to use the remainder of the first floor for office space.

Pison bought the site from the Charleston Urban Renewal Authority in January and plans to break ground next month, Turner said.

Tenants are expected to move in next spring, Turner said.

Planning Director Dan Vriendt said there are no parking requirements for the site, but Turner is providing 25 spaces at the site.

No parties spoke against the site plan, and the city’s Planning Department recommended approval.

“We’re very happy with the building,” Vriendt said. “[Turner] has had a lot of conversations with [CURA director] Jim Edwards, and it meets the urban design principles that we wanted for Downtown.”

Turner also updated the commission on the progress of ParkView Lofts in the old Kyle building near Appalachian Power Park. Eight of the 14 units have sold, but Turner said he expects there will only be 12 once work is completed.

“People are taking larger spaces, combining two and making larger areas,” Turner said.

In other business, the commission received the Planning Department’s annual report, which outlined what was accomplished in 2013.

The Municipal Planning Commission met 10 times in 2013 and considered 25 requests for action, according to the report.

In 2013, the commission:

n Considered five requests for rezoning.

n Approved six requests for street dedication, naming and renaming.

n Approved the development of 20 dwelling units on Washington Street West and a 60,000-square-foot office in Northgate Business Park.

n Closed two rights of way.

n Considered six subdivisions.

Reach Rachel Molenda at or 304-348-5102.

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