In one of the shorter public hearings in recent memory, lasting just less than an hour, the Design Review Board Urban panel overwhelmingly approved a Certificate of Appropriateness for the return to the historic design of 12 S. Main St. during the Nov. 2 meeting.
A main cause for the meeting’s brevity was the tabling of the second docket item, which was the design of a proposed office building in the Camperdown development. Brody Glenn of Centennial American Properties submitted a request to table the public hearing portion of the application process prior to the meeting. The request was approved.
The panel also gave informal approval and additional recommendations for the redesign of the proposed Augusta Square active senior living development that received sharp criticism at the September meeting during an informal review.
12 S. Main St.
As previously reported in UBJ, a new restaurant, Ottaray Seafood & Raw Bar, is in the works for the former YAP location next to Cantinflas in downtown Greenville.
The restaurant’s managing partner and general contractor Taft Wirthlin submitted an application for a Certificate of Appropriateness for the complete redesign of the storefront at 12 S. Main St.
The panel adamantly approved the application, which calls for a return to the cornice from 1914 surrounding the door and windows on the first floor and an unveiling of the original four second-story windows with the original concrete band intact from the building’s 1893 construction.
Panelist Robert Benedict commended Wirthlin for the “sensitive rehabilitation,” further musing about the approval process for the bright yellow stucco and faux rock YAP design.
“I’m not sure what happened,” Benedict said.
Wirthlin said removing the existing stucco will bring the storefront back four inches. The cornice will be painted black with gold letters across the top.
Panelist Danielle Fontaine called the proposed design a “huge improvement,” but commented she will miss the touch of color that YAP brought to Main Street.
Wirthlin followed up, indicating the proposed window boxes on the second-floor windows would have pops of color in addition to a proposed hanging sign that will be separately approved.
Wirthlin said following the meeting that construction will start in a couple weeks after navigating some hurdles, but plans are on track for a March opening.
The interior redesign, which is outside of the DRB’s purview, includes completely gutting the interior, exposing the existing brick, and adding custom woodwork. The restaurant will seat 195, including the bar. The second floor is planned to be an event venue with capacity for 160 people.
At the September DRB meeting, the panel gave applicant Simmons-Lockard 31 LLC numerous recommendations during an informal review of the proposed 141-unit active senior living complex on the corner of Augusta Street and Woodfin Avenue that will also include a parking garage, retail, and a restaurant, among other amenities.
Most of the recommended changes involved adjusting the height and number of stories since the building borders a residential community with many single story houses.
The most recent design, presented again for informal review, took those recommendations into account, significantly stepping down the elevation from six stories at the front to three at the back. To accommodate the loss of rental units from the adjustment, a block of six units will be constructed at the rear of the property, separate from the main building.
Additionally, the ground floor, which was a lower elevation compared to the street and appeared to sink in below the sidewalk, has been raised significantly.
The property must first be approved as a Flexible Review District by the City’s Planning Commission before the formal DRB review.