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City offers 11.5 mm for Mendal Rivers Building

Getting a great mixed- use project on this site will effectively 'complete' the redevelopment of Marion Square. Not to mention it will remove a crappy 60's architect eyesore. Good riddance. This project added to the dozen or so other "Upper King" projects will simply put rocket boosters on the redevelopment of that area.

It will be interesting to see exactly what pans out on this.

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City offers 11.5 mm for Mendal Rivers Building

Getting a great mixed- use project on this site will effectively 'complete' the redevelopment of Marion Square. Not to mention it will remove a crappy 60's architect eyesore. Good riddance. This project added to the dozen or so other "Upper King" projects will simply put rocket boosters on the redevelopment of that area.

It will be interesting to see exactly what pans out on this.

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Dig, I hope the Save the City's idea for the site comes into fruition, rather than the idea of putting the same old 4-story mixed-use condos which seem to be prevalent throughout DT. For it to be an attractive, noteworthy first-class hotel, I believe the site should accomodate a 5-story building. However, what is wrong with making it the same height as the federal building (7 stories)? I'm afraid that if the scale of the new building is reduced from the current building, Marion Square might lose some of its urban aesthetics on that side.

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Dig, I hope the Save the City's idea for the site comes into fruition, rather than the idea of putting the same old 4-story mixed-use condos which seem to be prevalent throughout DT. For it to be an attractive, noteworthy first-class hotel, I believe the site should accomodate a 5-story building. However, what is wrong with making it the same height as the federal building (7 stories)? I'm afraid that if the scale of the new building is reduced from the current building, Marion Square might lose some of its urban aesthetics on that side.

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I would actually prefer to see this building reused in some way. Strip it and renovate it. I like the height effect that it provides with the Francis Marion hotel right across the square and the new 9-story Hilton coming just north of the square.

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Hmm . . I have no problem with a 7-story building replacing the same there. However, if it gets pushed to the street, that might be a bit too tall, i.e., a "canyon" effect. Perhaps a compromise would be putting the final 2-3 floors as a set back? I REALLY want the replacement building to have a sidewalk portico--how breathtakingly grand that would be (and Charleston deserves more of such grandness).

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I would actually prefer to see this building reused in some way. Strip it and renovate it. I like the height effect that it provides with the Francis Marion hotel right across the square and the new 9-story Hilton coming just north of the square.

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Noooooooooo!!!!! :)

Seriously though, you could breath new life into that existing building, and it's a perfectly good structure (besides the asbestos, which will be removed). Strip that bad boy and totally reclad and renovate it, and you'd essentially have an entirely new structure. If the lot has as much depth as CN alluded to, you could really get some good density on that site.

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The Mendal Rivers Building is being auctioned with 3 groups in the running. The current bid is $14,000,000. You can follow the bidding at www.auctionrp.com .

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According to the Charleston Square Feet blog, this property has closed.

John Dewberry, an Atlanta developer and local resident, was the winning bidder in an online auction, with a bid of $15mm.

Hopefully, there will be some news on there plans before too long.

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I can't wait to see the plans for this building. Whatever goes there will have a pretty substantial impact on the center of downtown.

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