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Projects: The Boulevard

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Following the Coleman Boulevard design guidelines written by SW+A’s urban edge studio and expertly crafted into an overlay ordinance by the Town of Mount Pleasant, The Boulevard represents the first mixed-use parking garage oriented project to be built on Coleman Boulevard!

One of the challenges when developing infill projects is typically the amount of space you have to work with. This was definitely the case with The Boulevard. While the new overlay zoning allows higher density, the design maintains a balance between offering more living space with increased public space along Coleman and the creation of quality open space within the project.

SW+A approached this challenge by utilizing our stormwater ponds as amenities that contributed to the open space and overall aesthetic of the project. We also used pervious pavers as part of the drainage solution. It is important to test the soils for good infiltration rates in order for pervious pavers to work effectively. SW+A looks forward to more infill projects where we can employ innovative design and engineering techniques that will contribute to a great public realm.


SW+A Proposes Three Plans for Greenwood Farmer’s Market & Historic Railroad Center

Employees of Seamon Whiteside + Associates (SW+A) and its Urban Edge Studio branch are back in the office today after conducting a week long charrette process in Greenwood, SC.  Three plans were drawn up for a new farmer’s market and historical railroad center in the Uptown region of Greenwood.

Throughout the week, the designers took ideas, suggestions and votes from community members on how they envision their farmer’s market and railroad museum.  Over the next three months, SW+A be inputting the information gathered from focus group meetings into a final design for June.

Take a look at the three proposed plans:

The Green Scheme calls for 42 stalls in the farmer’s market, as well as a multipurpose pavilion, playground and three rail cars relocated from the current railroad historical center to the site.

The Red Scheme provides 32 stalls for the farmer’s market, plus room for additional stalls inside a multipurpose pavilion.  The plan makes room for a demonstration garden and seven rail cars.The last of the three plans, is the Yellow Scheme.  It houses 38 stalls for the farmer’s market, a plaza area, playground and six relocated rail cars.

To follow the design process, give feedback or view more images, become a fan of the farmer’s market and railroad canter on Facebook:  Uptown Greenwood Farmer’s Market Master Plan and Greenwood Railroad Historical Center Master Plan.


New Fountain Inn Project

Seamon Whiteside + Associates will provide master planning services for the Woodside Mill District of the City of Fountain Inn,  SC.   The district sits in a strategic location adjacent to the city’s downtown and S.C. Route 418.  Working with the city and other stakeholders, SW+A will develop a district plan and identify priority investment areas for the city to attract private residential and potential commercial development.  Supporting SW+A will be TRG Consulting who will prepare a market study and review of development opportunities with their feasibility testing.

Check out the article to get more details!