A few things:
Holmes proceeded with the presentation and said one of the reasons there is no retail space included in the design is that the state building code requires any mixed-use development to have sprinklers as part of the fire safety design.
Holmes said that would add $300,000 to the cost of the garage, which the developers would like to avoid.
So this has little to do with retail market and more on saving some cash even though $3.5 million (nearly have of the costs) will be provided by taxpayers.
“The City is granting $3.5 million in incentives; $300,000 for sprinklers is not unreasonable,” said Fischer.
As for the design of the structure, Holmes said it “mimics the appearance” of SunTrust Tower, is the same height as the base of the office building and will be constructed of precast concrete.
LOL! Looks like the basic design of any parking garage with a SunTrust paint scheme. I'm sure something better can be done.
Board member Chris Flagg said he doesn’t support putting a parking garage in the location. It is between SunTrust Tower, Enterprise Center and the Omni Hotel, one of the few undeveloped parcels on the Northbank.
Yes, a garage should not be placed on that site alone, ruining it for the next century. Even if all they want is a garage, that site is large enough to be laid out in a manner than could support additional structures along the street edge at a future date.
Here are a few pictures of Greenville's Spring Street garage. It was constructed in the middle of the block. When the market was right, the spaces between the garage and street edge were utilized for infill development.