Planning

Charrette 2000

In the fall of 2000, world-renowned architect and planner Andres Duany visited Covington for a ten-day charrette, an intense period of planning and design activity. Duany and his team from DPZ worked with community stakeholders to develop a master vision for future development in Covington. Key to the plan was Clark's Grove, a traditional neighborhood development between the historic Covington Square and Turner Lake Park.

 
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Charrette 2018

 

Fast forward to July 2018 when Charleston, South Carolina planning director Jacob Lindsey and Atlanta architect Peter Drey joined Live/Work Building Company's Randy Vinson for a  Clark's Grove phase 2 weekend charrette.
The focus was developing a detailed plan for the one-block area along Clark Street between The Church of the Good Shepard and The Swann Building. While single family homes will predominate in phase 2 of Clark's Grove, this block offers opportunities for the type of small-scale, mixed-used development that characterizes phase 1 of the neighborhood.

 

Community Input

Clark's Grove neighbors, local community members, and business leaders contributed to the planning process by sharing ideas and providing feedback.

Creative Solutions

The team suggested a mixed-use, commercial space at the corner of North Hunt Street and Clark Street to optimize visibility and utilize a shared parking arrangement with the neighborhood church. Stakeholders expressed enthusiasm for a neighborhood restaurant or pub.

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A Master Vision

The charrette process produced a plan for the one-block
area that includes single-family attached housing (townhouses), multi-family housing in the form of a
small-scale condominium building as well as a seven-to-eleven-unit apartment building, and commercial space with
special attention to parking concerns, public outdoor
space and phasing.

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