West Ashley gas station design rejected again

West Ashley gas station design rejected again
September 20 16:26 2016 Print This Article

The City of Charleston Design Review Board unanimously rejected plans for a gas station at the former Piggly Wiggly site at 43 Sumar Street for the second time since June. Board member Erica Chase remarked that the design did not reflect the area being a gateway into Charleston.

The hearing was conducted before a standing-room-only crowd of more than 100. The public comment period lasted more than one hour, and all but one respondent and a representative from the developer Faison Group opposed the design.

West Ashley architect Dinos Liollio suggested that the September design submission was indistinguishable from the one rejected in June. Charleston City Councilman Keith Waring, who represents West Ashley, noted that the design doesn’t reflect the historic nature of the area, which includes Charles Towne Landing, where the South Carolina Colony was founded in 1670. “The design looks more like it belongs in AnyTown USA,” Waring said.

City Councilman Peter Shahid, who represents the neighborhoods surrounding the site, said the design does not fit the character of the neighborhoods . He commented, “The gateway aspect of this project is vital to our (West Ashley) revitalization efforts. This (design) would kill them.”

Developer Faison and the prospective tenant Sunoco, which wants to build a 20-pump gas station and convenience store on the property, reserve the right to resubmit their design to board. Board member Kristen Krause suggested that they examine a design plan proposed by the Old Charlestown District neighborhood group 16 years ago, which featured a clock tower with the message, “Welcome To Charleston”.