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Tardy review board nearly melted frozen custard shop's opening plans

By Jim Fair, Editor
Published on Tuesday, September 8, 2015

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The Board of Architectural Review approved windows on the alley side of the former Dixie Shoe Shop, outdoor lighting and the panels below the front brick during Tuesday's meeting at City Hall. The paint color is still to be determined but the brick will not be painted or disturbed.
 
 
 

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The Board of Architectural Review approved windows on the alley side of the former Dixie Shoe Shop, outdoor lighting and the panels below the front brick during Tuesday's meeting at City Hall. The paint color is still to be determined but the brick will not be painted or disturbed.

 

 

 

The building that will host Abbott’s Frozen Custard, at 119 East Poinsett Street, received the OK on most of the exterior building alterations it requesated of the Board of Architectural Review (BAR) Tuesday.

The review almost didn’t take place, leaving Jimmy Chulkas, representing his father, Demetruos, as the building’s owner, sitting idly for 30 minutes while a third board member, of the five-person commission, was sought for a quorum.

Glenn Pace, City Planning and Zoning Coordinator, was working the phones until he located David Langley on I-85, traveling back from a Greenville meeting. Langley arrived at 10:30 a.m., and Wood, with commissioner Marney Hannon already in attendance, called the review to order.

Joada Hiatt notified the board of her scheduled absence. Brandon Price did not call and could be reached by Pace Tuesday morning.

Commissioners approved:

• 4-7 windows on the alley side of the former Dixie Shoe Parlor to improve the integrity of the building,

• the building/brick must be cleaned by a no-pressure washer and cannot be sandblasted,

• the outdoor lights style, and window-style panels below the brick,

• deferred approval of colors, to Pace, from the current or a palette of harmonious colors for the exterior. That was to speed up the process of the store to open without attending another BAR meeting,

• deferred to Pace the use of the Dixie Shoe Parlor signage, pending its placement.

Abbott’s franchise owner Mark Khoury wants to open by Oktoberfest. He plans to sell the frozen custard by cart during Oktoberfest if the building is not ready for occupancy.

 

 

 

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