Infrastructure Improvements in Water Street
Water St. between Chestnut and Grace Street has re-opened for vehicles now that installation of utilities beneath this section of street is complete. This phase of the Water St Improvement Project is part of a larger project to upgrade water, sewer and streetscape in Water Street from Market Street to Red Cross Street. The project is being completed in phases in order to coordinate with other projects. This particular section is paved but final streetscape work will occur next year in conjunction of the opening of River Place. The next phase of work will take place between Grace Street and Red Cross Street later this year.
River Place Development
Construction is underway on the multi-story mixed use development that will include parking, residential and retail space. The project, slated for completion in 2020, will maintain access to Bijou Park and re-connect Chestnut Street to Water Street, while providing public space at the at the foot of Chestnut Street. Some highlights include:
- 25,633 square feet of commercial space including retail shops and restaurant and bar space, primarily on the ground floor
- Approximately 171 residential units (for sale and/or lease)
- 403 parking spaces, a minimum of 174 of which will be reserved for public use. The city’s cost to construct the new parking facility is estimated at $19.7 million, not to exceed $20.7 million
- Residential units will “wrap” the parking deck on the Water Street side, masking view of the parking from Water Street
- The facility will not exceed current zoning height restrictions of 132 feet
Project Background and History
In August 2017 City Council approved an amendment to the existing Purchase and Development Agreement (PDA) with Water Street Ventures LLC (the developer of RiverPlace).
The new agreement accounts for construction price increases since the original development agreement was approved in June, 2016. Of the additional $8 million, the developer is paying $4.2 million and the city $3.8. The city’s cost will be absorbed into the existing budget with no impact to the newly adopted 2017-18 budget or the tax rate. The revised PDA also included some minor changes to the project aesthetics and the loss of six parking spaces, bringing the new total to 403.
View Deputy City Manager Tony Caudle's slides from the August 15 public hearing.