A longtime Mount Pleasant strip center that has served as a community shopping staple for more than 40 years may soon become home to a Charleston-based storage complex. Coleman Boulevard's 10,000-square-foot Peach Orchard Plaza currently has a dozen small businesses under lease, dating back to 1971, for now.
Earlier this month Gramling Brothers Real Estate & Development submitted a site plan to Charleston County for a 35,928-square-foot mini-storage structure, with heights potentially three stories tall. However, the 2-acre property has not been annexed into Mount Pleasant's corporate limits, putting it under Charleston County's zoning ordinances, as reported by the Post and Courier.
"Mount Pleasant wants a downtown feeling how does that happen without retail stores all along Coleman Boulevard? Not storage building apartment complexes and offices," said Joe Wilson, owner of Precision Guitar Works from 1991-2005, now Shem Creek Music. "For the last 25 to 30 years that little shopping center was a jewel. It really was."
The vicinity where the structure is being proposed borders Broadway Street, the proposed name is rightfully named Broadway Street Self Storage. Gramling Brothers presently owns property alongside the sought after location where Vicious Biscuit recently opened this summer.
To some it's simply business partners making mutually cost-beneficial decisions on both sides of the brick and mortar. To others such as business owners it's like having your childhood home uprooted without any say whatsoever.
"It's just a shame because that place on Coleman Boulevard is the main thing you talk about in business. Location, location, location," said Wilson. "People are so programmed to go to that store. Me and my son still have people, after 15 years, looking for me and him."
According to the application filed with Charleston County Zoning and Planning Department, the self-storage facility would be open seven days a week from 8 a.m.-6 p.m. Improvements to parking, sidewalks and street frontage are included in the proposed plan.
Before ground can be broken on site, Charleston County Planning Commission will need to make a recommendation about the project and Charleston County Council will have to make a final decision in the coming months.
There is no construction date set at this time.