Front Street Project Unveiled In Georgetown


August 5, 2008

By Tommy Howard – Georgetown Times

Back to the drawing board for architect Michael Walker.

He represents Front & Orange Partners LLC, which wants to demolish the building from 919 to 929 Front Street (site of Winyah Fitness Center and two other retail stores) and replace it with a new “Harborside Inn.” The building is next to Rainey Park.

Walker, Wyndell Peacock and Dan Stacy are agents for the property owners. They presented a conceptual plan for a three-story building to the City of Georgetown Architectural Review Board (ARB). It would go on the site that has housed Wood’s and Edward’s 5 & 10 stores, Wayne’s Sporting Goods, Winyah Fitness Center and the School of Dance and other businesses for some 40 to 50 years.

Demolition OK
Ultimately, the ARB members voted 4 to 0 to approve a demolition permit for the building, with a requirement that satisfactory construction plans be submitted first. Several members said the plan presented Monday night is not acceptable.

As presented, the building would take up most of the property, which is about 35,000 square feet, or 4/5 of an acre in size. The property is about 266 feet deep, with about 143 feet on Front Street.

The structure as presented would have been 35 feet high, with three stories. Covered space for the building would be about 25,000 square feet, or a total of about 75,000 square feet on three levels.

The building would include four retail spaces and four residential units.



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