CHARLESTON, W.Va. -- South Charleston Pediatrics got the green light Wednesday to build new offices across from Haddad Riverfront Park, but only after their architects promised to design an attractive building.
"I'm very excited about this project," said Mary Jean Davis, a member of the Municipal Planning Commission and Charleston City Council.
"My concern is I hope the building is designed to face MacCorkle [Avenue], so when people are sitting across the river they see something attractive ... that they say 'I wonder what that beautiful building is.'"
Adam Krason of ZMM Architects and Engineers said the owners planned to do just that when they picked the site, once the home of the Steak & Ale restaurant.
Joe Sinclair of ZMM had asked the planning commission to rezone the property -- a 2-acre lot between Ferry Street and MacCorkle -- from I-2 (light industrial district) to C-10 (general commercial), because professional offices aren't allowed in industrial zones.
"South Charleston Pediatrics intends to utilize the property for their practice," Krason said. He described a 12,500-square-foot building -- partly two stories, partly one -- for the group's eight pediatricians.
"They understand that is a prominent site, across from Haddad Riverfront Park. They intend to build a visually attractive building.
"It will be similar to the [West Virginia] Housing Development Fund building, which we designed," Krason said. "The building will help shield parking in the rear.