Plans for downtown Greenville parking deck move forward

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A city panel has tentatively approved plans for a five-level parking garage on East Broad Street in downtown Greenville.

The Design Review Board’s urban panel approved an application from Earle Hungerford, an architect with McMillan Pazdan Smith in Greenville, for a certificate of appropriateness for the parking garage.

On Jan. 5, the panel agreed with a staff recommendation that the application be approved, pending a staff review of final exterior finishes and landscape plans.

During the panel’s meeting, no one spoke in opposition to the project.

A planning staff report said the structure would be built at 200 E. Broad St., where Elliott Davis Decosimo and other firms are located. The site is owned by 200 East Broad LLC SC Ltd.

The garage will be built on top of the existing parking area to the rear of the building along Webster Street. The applicant proposes the parking garage to meet the needs of tenants in the 200 E. Broad St. building.

The garage will be fully visible from Webster Street to the south and Calvin Street to the west, and partially seen from the Church Street bridge to the east, staff members said. The north-facing portion will face the 200 E. Broad St. building, with a small portion visible from Broad Street.

The staff analysis said the applicant intends for the garage’s exterior materials to imitate those of the existing building at 200 E. Broad St., as well as surrounding parking structures.

As proposed, the garage would be covered with sandblasted precast panels interrupted by vertical brick columns along the Calvin Street and Church Street elevations. The Webster Street elevation would provide vehicular entry to the garage.

The garage would have an open-air connection to the building’s third level.

The overall design, staff members said, is in keeping with several existing parking structures in the immediate area.

But staff members said additional brick might provide “an easier visual transition” between the garage and building in accordance with city design guidelines.

To meet those guidelines, trees and flowering plants are strongly encouraged and the visual impact of exterior lighting must be minimized, staff members said.

The proposal is a “really big garage, so dressing it up would be desirable,” panel member Barry Nocks said.

Hungerford told the panel he believed the garage would be open to the public after business hours.

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