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