CHARLESTON, W.Va. -- The first residences in Charleston's warehouse district near Appalachian Power Park are expected to be available for occupancy by early 2014 if a plan by Pison Development to turn the vacant Kyle Furniture building into condominiums is successful.
Pison President Bill Turner told Charleston Urban Renewal Authority board members on Wednesday that plans for the building call for 15 units total, each of which will have two bedrooms and two bathrooms. A unit at the top of 1216 Smith St. will be a penthouse. Retail space will be leased on the first floor.
"It's a big, gutted warehouse," Turner said. "There's not a thing in the warehouse."
The building is technically two separate buildings with different addresses, but is conjoined inside. The larger building's address is 1216 Smith St., and the smaller building is 1214 Smith St.
Residents will actually purchase and own the condos, and Turner expects the starting price to begin at about $250,000. Individual garages, which are included in the purchase price of the condos, will be built in an "L" shape next to 1216 Smith St. and along the back of a vacant lot next door. Green space will fill the remaining area.
The condos will be built in a design-build pattern, meaning that new owners can request that their units be constructed a certain way.
Much of the exterior of the building will remain similar to its current design. At 1214 Smith St., windows previously bricked over will be opened once again, and existing windows at 1216 Smith St. will be elongated.
Since the property falls in an overlay district controlled by CURA, Turner had to request a variance from CURA's design standards in order to build the garages up against the property line near a parking lot controlled by the state of West Virginia. Normally, CURA requires a 20-foot setback from adjacent property.
Turner's request was approved unanimously, and CURA also tentatively approved the design of the building. CURA told Turner to bring his design back to the authority for final approval once it is approved by other city agencies.