CHARLESTON, W.Va. -- Construction should begin early next year on a mixed-use retail and housing building planned for downtown Charleston, board members of the Charleston Urban Renewal Authority learned Wednesday.
The "Shrewsbury Village" development -- announced in May -- is being constructed by Pison Development, and will be located on the block bordered by Dickinson, Lewis, Shrewsbury and Christopher streets, and across from the Garnet Career Center.
The parcel currently is a parking lot.
Pison Development President Bill Turner told CURA members that the building itself has been redesigned aesthetically from the way the project was presented in May. The latest drawings call for all-masonry facades on the four-story building and a flat roof.
"We are rounding the corner with our development," he said.
Turner said around 6,000 square feet of retail space will be available on the first floor, and the second through fourth floors will hold 17 one-bedroom and 15 two-bedroom units for seniors. There will also be on-site parking for residents and retail, and green space will take up around a third of the property.
In May, CURA sold the parcel of land in question to Pison for $350,000. Turner said at the time the building will cost between $3 and $4 million to construct.
Also Wednesday, CURA received an update about ongoing renovations to the Kyle Furniture building on Smith Street. There, Pison Development is converting two conjoined buildings into high-end condominiums, some of which will overlook Appalachian Power Park.
Turner said windows will start to be installed this week, and the company is preparing to install a retention system for the adjacent parking area.