Tell Clemson's Board of Architectural Review to Vote NO to the Winkopp/Dukes Project!

  • by: Elizabeth Vogt
  • recipient: The City of Clemson's Board of Architectural Review

The City Council for Clemson recently approved a parcel along College Avenue to be rezoned general commercial WITH NO DISCUSSION, with the understanding that developer Tom Winkopp wants to put a very large, mixed-use development there.  The Council members who voted for this rezoning were Mayor J.C. Cook, Mr. John Ducworth, Mr. Jeremy Wright, Mr. Butch Trent, and Mr. Tim Fowler, who cast a de facto vote for the project by recusing himself because he has the grading contract for Mr. Winkopp.  The vote taken on February 4, 2014 was to table the decision to approve the project until April 1st; however, the City has allowed Mr. Winkopp to present at the March 4th meeting of the BAR, in spite of the Board's vote to delay decision until April.  We still need to make our voices heard on this issue!  You may directly express your concerns to BAR members and city council members through contact information listed at: www.cityofclemson.org.

Current provisions within the city's Comprehensive Plan, as well as the AR-2 Guidelines, address the scale and proportionality of potential projects. This development, because of its massive size, is totally incompatible with the surrounding business district.  Above is an architectural rendering of the scale of the project as compared to the adjacent structures.

This building will be too big and intrusive. Its dimensions, relative to existing buildings downtown and the surrounding neighborhoods, are constrained by specific provisions of the BAR that address issues of scale, aesthetics, and harmony with the  area's existing character and uses.  Please tell our City that we want Clemson to preserve its unique character and college charm and to vote no on this project, as it is currently designed!

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Update #36 years ago
To update you on the Clemson Winkopp project, an appeal of its BAR approval is now before the SC 13th Circuit Court. Rather than wait for the Court, Winkopp has requested that the BAR approve changes to the project. The BAR is hearing his request on Tues. Nov. 11th. Pls. consider the following: 1) attend the BAR mtg. & speak if you wish; 2) email/call City Council to express your dismay & 3) like FB page Help Save Downtown Clemson and add your comments.

Update #26 years ago
The Feb. 4th BAR vote was to table the decision until April 1st; however, the City has allowed Winkopp on the March 4th agenda, despite the BAR's vote to delay the decision. Please come to this meeting. It will be on TUESDAY, MARCH 4TH AT 6 P.M. IN COUNCIL CHAMBERS. Please continue to show your support for the BAR'S autonomy. There is no public input, but your presence is needed. Express your concerns to the city officials through contact information listed at: www.cityofclemson.org.
Update #16 years ago
Put Tuesday Feb. 4th on your calendar! The BAR will meet at 6 p.m. in Council Chambers at the city municipal complex, located between College Ave. and Hwy 76 on Hwy. 123. Currently, there is no public input at the meeting. Your attendance at the meeting is important, to demonstrate support for the Board voting no on the Winkopp/Dukes project. Please come, and also spread the word to your friends and neighbors. We will continue to update you with any news concerning the Board's meeting.

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