Jul
02

Developers Junk Plan For 6-Story Building at Former Kenny’s Auto Site

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Neighborhood leader calls move a victory, says 4-story structure fits better

By Jeff Wilkinson – The State

The developers of 5 Points South have withdrawn plans to build a six-story building on the former Kenny’s Auto site and are going back to the drawing board.

They no longer are depending on $5.3 million taxpayer-funded public parking to build the project.

Instead, they will re-apply for zoning that will allow only four stories but will take final say over the project away from Columbia City Council.

Ron Swinson and Stan Harpe say they will build the first floor retail as planned. But, if the city wants to include three stories of public parking, they will have to renegotiate.

“We’ve got to move forward; it’s been two years,” Harpe said. “We’re losing money in the time we (have dealt) with the city. We’re better off doing what we can and going on.”

Neighborhood leaders called the decision a victory.

“Four stories is still big, but it would fit in better,” said Andy Marion of the Wales Garden Neighborhood Association, which led the charge against the buildings’ height.

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