West Ashley Circle Harris Teeter receives conceptual design approval

by John Steinberger | May 15, 2017 8:47 pm

The Charleston Design Review Board granted conceptual approval for the design of the proposed Harris Teeter grocery building between West Ashley Circle and Grand Oaks Blvd. Charleston City Councilmen Rodney Williams, Dean Riegel and Marvin Wagner all spoke out in favor of the project.

Williams, who lives in Providence Common on Glenn McConnell Parkway claimed he has to go to Johns Island to buy groceries. He called the project a livability issue. Riegel said the grocery store and West Ashley Circle shopping center would create a gathering point for the people who live in the nearby Grand Oaks subdivision. Wagner noted that he and his two colleagues represent 40,000 people and that the vast majority of them want the project to go through. Rivers Enterprises is the project’s developer. Several DRB members expressed concerns over the view of the back of building from the surrounding neighborhood.

In other DRB actions, preliminary approval was given to the 195-unit Floyd Drive Apartments, located behind the West Ashley Circle Walmart. The design included extensive landscaping, mulch beds, paver stones, and retention ponds for flooding mitigation. The DRB deferred granting conceptual approval for a proposed 305-unit apartment complex on Savannah Highway south of Main Rd. There was concern over the exposure area of the four-story complex from the road.

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