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Re: “The debate over the proposed Shem Creek parking garage is starting to get loud

There is so much mis-information surrounding this project. This is a FOUR story building, consisting of two levels of office on top of two levels of parking. The parking structure decreases in height to only one story tall along most of Mill and all along Church street. It's massing reads primarily like an office building, not a parking garage.
The old zoning text allowed structures of 50 feet height, and it now allows 55 feet high.
For reference of scale, the existing Trawler lighthouse is about 50 feet high.
Parking on Coleman is a huge issue and not going to get any better, certainly not without changing how the area is parked.
As it currently sits, that whole parcel is surface parking: let's say the garage is stifled, and the project becomes a two story something or another, and is sited such that half of the surface parking is available post-development as exists today...where does the other half of displaced surface parking occur? It would likely be displaced on the streets within the nearby old village.
Simply driving by this lot on weekends and evenings, it is evident that all venues near Shem Creek demand all available surface parking today, what happens when half of that parking is gone?
The proposed parking structure serves to help alleviate these existing parking problems, and strives to be disguised in an office building.
Yes, it appears that Mount Pleasant is seeking to be a denser community. Mount Pleasant is not the same community it was 10 years ago, when I moved here, nor, with the regions burgeoning population, will Mount Pleasant be the same place 5 years from now. For the sake of preserving rural Mount Pleasant, Awendaw, and northern Charleston County, the Town has to have the brevity to embrace and plan to accommodate this population growth.
I applaud the Town's vision and commitment to a denser, walkable community on Coleman. Making pre-developed areas more dense helps curb the potential for outlying development and is the responsible way to absorb and accommodate population change.

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Posted by smart growth on May 14, 2014 at 9:35 PM
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