CHARLESTON, W.Va. -- A group of doctors is getting closer to building a medical office building at the site of the former Steak & Ale restaurant along MacCorkle Avenue near the South Side Bridge.
But first the doctors need to get a zoning change from the Municipal Planning Commission next week, according to an application on file at the Charleston Planning Department.
Joe Sinclair of ZMM Architects & Engineers has asked the commission to rezone the 2-acre site from I-2 (light industrial) to C-10 (general commercial district). The property, at the foot of the Carriage Trail across from downtown Charleston, is owned by South Charleston Pediatrics, the application says.
The owner wants to build a two-story outpatient pediatric medical facility, covering about 9,000 square feet on the ground level and 3,000 square feet on the second level, Sinclair wrote. He added that "this facility is intended [to] enhance the highly visible riverfront district."
A site plan submitted with the application shows an irregular, roughly triangular-shaped building at the northeast corner of the property, with two entrances off Ferry Street leading to an 84-space parking lot.
South Charleston Pediatrics is now located in the Thomas Medical Pavilion, a medical office building across Division Street from Thomas Memorial Hospital in South Charleston, according to its website. The group has six medical doctors and one osteopath, the website shows.
In a brief interview Monday, office manager Jamie Ray said the company has not finalized its plans for the new building.
"We're really not that far along," Ray said. "Obviously it's going to be a medical office, whether it's one or two stories." The owners are still deciding whether to build and lease space to other tenants, she said.
According to a March 2012 Gazette article, doctors Alatheia Stickler, Melanie Winnings, Eric Jones and Sharmila Jones bought the Steak & Ale site from the Kanawha Roxalana Co. for $1 million, saying they had outgrown their current location. They tore the building down in April of that year.