CHARLESTON, W.Va. -- The Charleston Urban Renewal Authority approved the exterior plans for the renovation of the Kyle Furniture Building into condominiums on Wednesday as the project continues to move forward.
CURA had approved the project last month, but the exterior design wasn't finalized. Board members wanted Pison Development, which is renovating the building, to return for approval of the exterior.
Pison Development President Bill Turner said his company had been working with East End Main Street and Main Street West Virginia to ensure the building maintains its historic character -- something CURA wanted as part of the design.
"We've been working real close with them," East End Main Street Executive Director Ric Cavender said.
One aspect of the exterior design involves painting. Original plans called for the entirety of the building to be painted, but historic preservation guidelines frown upon painting brick that has never before been painted. At the Kyle Furniture building, 1214 Smith St. is painted red, while 1216 Smith St. is not painted.
"We'll keep the 'Kyle Red,'" Turner said, using the name he has given the color of the painted building.
In addition to the painting, the building will have its existing windows enlarged and new windows will be added on the sides of the building. Pison is also trying to keep historic character with the windows as well, using a black trim to match the rest of the building.
"We've been working really hard trying to move things forward," he said.