Contractors will build and enlarge windows on the buildings' facades, but retain the inlaid brick "eyebrows" that crown the windows on 1214 Smith St.
The sides and rear of both buildings, which are windowless, will have windows added. Balconies will be added on the east side of 1216 Smith St., but not to 1214, because the adjacent property owner objected.
The first floor of both buildings will be retail space. Turner said they were in talks with a potential tenant for the retail space, but declined to say who the tenant was as the proposed deal was still preliminary.
The area surrounding the buildings will be a mix of parking and green space. There also will be green areas and potential gardens on the roof.
Each tenant will have an indoor garage, accessible to the building by an internal hallway.
Mark Miller, another co-owner of Pison Development, said they hope to have an "art area" in the building that would tie in with galleries in surrounding areas.
Miller mentioned Leo Kundas, a New York-based artist whose work has been licensed to appear on Barnes & Noble tote bags, as someone who they'd like to bring to Charleston to paint a mural, have an exhibition or have a studio space in the building.
Pison purchased the Kyle buildings earlier this summer for $625,000. Units in the buildings will start at $230,000.
To contact Pison Development, call 304-342-2766.
Reach David Gutman at david.gut...@wvgazette.com or 304-348-5119.