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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