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Plan for new downtown housing approved by Aiken Design Review Board

February 7, 2019

Four new homes could soon be up for grabs in downtown Aiken.

The Aiken Design Review Board on Tuesday night approved a plan for two two-family houses at 134 and 136 Chesterfield St. S. respectively.

“We’ll have two buildings, two units in each building, one on top of the other,” applicant Brian South said, describing the plan to the board.

McDonald Law, the Design Review Board chairman, on Tuesday described the prospective homes as “not technically townhouses, I guess.”

“They look like townhouses, apartment houses,” he continued.

The new-construction homes would sit between the TD Bank and the Alison South Marketing Group buildings, according to Design Review Board documents.

Both the office and new homes would be served by an existing parking lot in the back, according to briefing documents. There’s a total 16 spaces there; four would be reserved for the housing.

A large sign on the lots describes the housing as “luxury” with a price of $179,500.

The same sign reads “historic district.” The two lots – each less than an acre in size – fall under the Old Aiken Overlay District, Planning Director Ryan Bland said Wednesday morning.

The overlay district covers the downtown area and spots to the east, Bland explained.