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Verizon, Marco's and other coming after ARB gives Chapin Crossing conditional go ahead Wednesday

Chapin, SC (Paul Kirby) – The Architectural Review Board of Chapin gave a conditional go-ahead to begin construction on the outparcel in front of the Publix known as Chapin Crossing at their special meeting Wednesday night. For more than a month, the developer had resisted the conditions that the board had demanded regarding the positioning of the building on the property and the overall appearance of the structure. Last week, when the ARB flatly turned down the developer’s latest presentation, they gave in and reversed the building on the property as they had been instructed some time ago. Now, the building’s front will face Chapin Road and there will be ample parking in the front and rear so that it will not only be functional but will be the best fit with the look of the town as the ARB had wanted all along. The new building will feature an attractive glass front with multiple facades and a pitched roof, something that the developer had said couldn’t be done until members of the board gave them specific examples that already existed.There will be no stark, plain, solid brick walls, and the HVAC units will be hidden from view as the standards demand.

The business center will have a number of units and those already have occupants ready to move in according to sources within the town. The tenants are reported to be a Verizon store, Marco’s Pizza, Sweet Frog Yogurt, Jersey Mike’s Subs, Pacific Dental, and a Palmetto Health Rehab center. All appear to be eager to get established in the Chapin area. Now, the building that will be an approximately 13,000 sq. foot retail establishment, can break ground.

Some details are yet to be worked out, but it appears as if the developer of the center has learned that the ARB has the best interest of the town in heart when they apply the standards that Chapin has adopted over the years. In short, Chapin made it clear that the people of the town, not the developer, would dictate what their town would look like. Little details like the colors on the building’s roofing, the color and type of brick used, and other such seemingly small issues will be watched closely by the members of the board to ensure that Chapin Crossing will be an attractive asset to Chapin and its main drag, Chapin Road. Although the developer now has the approval that he needs to begin, no time-line has been released for the building’s construction.

Speaking for the town, Councilman Al Koon said, “I am proud that our Architectural Review Board stood their ground. Although I don’t think they (the ARB) were ever trying to be confrontational, they have a standard to follow that’s been developed over the years to protect the appearance of Chapin. It’s intended to keep this the beautiful town that it is. We are not against development and we certainly aren’t antibusiness, we simply want development and businesses that blend in, are attractive, and enhances the town’s overall appearance.”

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