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Five Points Project Plan Scaled-Back

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One-story business cluster still might include public parking

August 6, 2008

By JEFF WILKINSON – The State

The developers of the Kenny’s Auto Supply site in Five Points said this week they are going to build a free-standing bank, drugstore, small shop and surface parking lot instead of their long-planned six-story, mixed-use development.

Developers Ron Swinson and Stan Harpe also said they are still open to discussing some form of public parking out of respect for Five Points merchants, but expressed extreme frustration with City Council.

“They need to get their act together,” Swinson said. “We stood by for two years, and it cost us a lot of money.”

Swinson and Harpe had planned to build 5 Points South, a mixed-use project with the bank, drugstore and shop on the first floor, three stories of public parking and two floors of luxury condos.

City Council signed an agreement to pay the developers $5.3 million to include the parking, which Five Points merchants have sought for years.

But neighborhood leaders, particularly those in adjacent Wales Garden, opposed the six-story height, saying it didn’t conform with the mostly two-story urban village near the University of South Carolina.

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