Thursday, April 10, 2014
The Georgetown Front Street Fire Consultant Selection Committee has chosen LS3P, an architect firm out of Charleston, for the 700 block redevelopment project.
The committee, made up of city, county and regional officials and representatives of the seven property owners, heard from three architect firms on Thursday.
The other firms were SGA Architecture and Tych & Walker Architects, LLC.
In a written statement, Georgetown Mayor Jack Scoville said LS3P has been asked to conduct a feasibility study for the reconstruction of the 700 block of Front Street.
“All three finalist firms submitted outstanding presentations and it was a hard decision,” he wrote.
“The next step is to schedule a meeting with LS3P to make a presentation to City Council. City Council will make the determination to engage the firm to conduct the study.”
The feasibility study will include working with property owners, adjoining property owners and merchants, and city and local governmental agencies to determine options for foundations, infrastructure, and possible financing within the scope of the building codes and regulations.
“It is imperative that we understand the ideas, desires, and abilities of each property owner so that common ground can be reached on how to proceed in rebuilding,” Scoville said.
He added that while each building site is privately owned, the city owns the street front and the land from the high water mark to the center of the Sampit River.
City property is intricately involved in this rebuilding effort, he said.
“This is a joint exploration of concepts and ideas,” Scoville said.
“The property owners are at liberty to work with independent contractors and architects.”
David Burt, project manager and vice president/principal for LS3P said, “This is a very exciting project, although it resulted from a devastating fire.”
“We are looking forward to getting to know the people in the community, the owners of the spaces and all the stakeholders in the community. I think this project will be a great addition to Georgetown.”