Front Row: February Design Review Board Urban Panel

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The one official application on the February City of Greenville Design Review Board agenda drew only minor discussion and rather quick approval from the panelists.

The City of Greenville’s application for a certificate of appropriateness was approved for the design of the streetscape in the public space between 44 and 55 E. Camperdown Way that will transition from Falls Park to the planned Grand Bohemian Hotel.

The City of Greenville has entered into a development agreement with The Kessler Collection, which is developing the 160-room hotel on the current Wyche Law Firm site at 44 E. Camperdown Way. The city’s goal is to create a new entrance to Falls Park by converting the current parking lot into a large green space for public use as well as improving the intersection at Falls Street and East Camperdown Way.

Mary Douglas Hirsch, real estate development manager for the city’s economic development department, represented the city in the public portion of the meeting along with Day Dantzler, executive vice president of the Kessler Collection, and Christian Sottile, the architect on the project with Sottile & Sottile.

Sottile said that after more than two years working on this project, it has come full circle back to this streetscape plan, which is the basis for all of the other stages of the project.

In the course of the public portion, Dantzler revealed that building permits and civic plans were filed with the city last week, which means construction for the long-awaited project will get underway as soon as they receive approval.

“Well done,” said panelist Bogue Wallin. “This is a nice addition to the urban fabric of the city.”

Panelist Danielle Fontaine asked the applicant and Sottile to consider the specific transition of materials around the “Untitled 2002-2003” red sculpture by Joel Shapiro at the Camperdown entrance to the Liberty Bridge.

Hirsch clarified that the area in question was outside of the scope of this particular application, but it will be addressed in a later application.

The motion to approve the certificate of approval was accepted with the exception that the developer and city consider how to visually merge the area around the statue.

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