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Could Big Shopping Centers Become Mini-Downtowns?

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Planners’ dream draws fire

July 31, 2008

By David Slade – The Post and Courier

Charleston city planners would like to see some large shopping centers in West Ashley eventually redeveloped as mini-downtowns, their vast parking lots filled in with buildings like one might find on King Street.

That concept was presented Wednesday to a room full of commercial real estate owners and developers, and was met with withering criticism.

The purpose of the potential zoning changes would be to see traditional suburban venues such as Kmart, Home Depot and Citadel Mall replaced over time or supplanted with multistory buildings full of shops, homes and offices.

No changes would be required immediately at the nine locations targeted by the city. “These are sites that could evolve over time,” said Planning Division Director Christopher Morgan. “It’s something we are very excited about, but we realize it represents a big change for these properties.”

Morgan said the code would help create beautiful places full of life in the suburbs, but 40 or so commercial real estate owners representing properties that would be subject to the city’s proposed rules didn’t see it that way.

“This really horrifies me,” said Jerry Garfinkle, representing Cisco’s Cafe and Sunfire Grill in West Ashley. “If I build 20 apartments above a restaurant, I think you’d have 20 empty apartments.”

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