Design Review Board will review a request for new cottage
Aiken’s Design Review Board will review a request for the new construction of a home on Williamsburg Street on Tuesday.
The public meeting will be held on Tuesday at 6:30 p.m. in Council Chambers in the Municipal Building, located at 214 Park Ave.
Aiken residents Russell and Susan Risher are requesting approval to build the 2,077-square-foot home at 254 Williamsburg Street in the Old Aiken Overlay District.
“This new construction application is in that District which has strict rules, and it’s a cottage-style house ...,” City of Aiken Planner Susan French said. “If you go back to look in the past, this property was bought several years ago and a couple of times, people tried to develop it, but it just hasn’t gone through.”
Aiken City Council unanimously denied a rezoning request for the property’s future development back in 2012. The original applicants requested the land to be rezoned as planned residential so nine cottages could be built on the property. The request included a variance that would exempt the plan from the 20 percent open space that’s required under that zone. At the time, Council agreed the passing of the rezoning could set a bad precedent for future development requests.
The lot is one of six at the corner of Williamsburg Street and Colleton Avenue – all located in the Old Aiken Overlay District. The construction of the cottage includes a brick foundation, fiber-cement siding and a breezeway connecting the garage to the house.
“We’re hoping this time things will go well,” French said. “I think the buyers want to see the same original property as was there before and style of home. It’s just a really cute story-in-a-half cottage.”
In other business, a work session discussing future plans for Hotel Aiken will be held at 5:30 p.m. on the second floor in room 204.
For more information, call 803-642-7608.
Maayan Schechter is the city beat reporter with Aiken Standard.