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Business Last Updated: Oct 23, 2013 - 9:08:10 AM

Simmons Park apartment complex construction to begin soon
Oct 23, 2013 - 9:04:52 AM

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This rendering of the corner of Seven Farms and River Landing Drives, created by LS3P Architects, photographically depicts what the corner will look like when the Simmons Park Apartments are built.

Simmons Park apartment complex, a 269-unit luxury apartment community planned in the heart of the Daniel Island Town Center, will break ground this fall. Located at 211 River Landing Drive, in the open fields adjacent to the fire station between River Landing Drive and Pier View Street, the complex was designed by Charleston-based architects LS3P, is being developed by Spectrum Properties Residential and Pacolet Milliken Enterprises, Inc., and will constructed by Balfour Beatty Construction. The Simmons Park apartments will seek Green Certification.
In July and August of 2012, during the planning phases, the project garnered the attention and objections of some Daniel Island residents, mostly those living or working in close proximity to the project. Residents were involved, individually and through the Daniel Island Neighborhood Association, in attempting to change some aspects of the design, which is now approved for construction.
Leasing will begin in late 2014, with an estimated project completion of mid-2015, the developers said in a press release.
“We are excited to further our commitment to Daniel Island and the City of Charleston,” said Steve McClure of Spectrum Residential.  “Our first project on Daniel Island, Talison Row, is a huge success and clearly shows the strength in Charleston’s economic engine and the strong demand for the Daniel Island lifestyle. Simmons Park will offer residents a unique urban living experience in one of Charleston’s most treasured communities.”
The property will overlook Simmons Park, an urban-style park dedicated to master blacksmith Phillip Simmons, who is nationally known for his intricate iron gate and fence designs, found throughout the Charleston area and in museums around the country. Simmons was born on Daniel Island in 1912 and eventually attended school in downtown Charleston. To honor Simmons’ legacy, a key feature of the new apartment community will be a series of wrought iron gates and fences leading to a grand courtyard.
The apartments will be within walking distance of a variety of restaurants and retail stores, including the Publix grocery store. The building’s four-story exterior will feature Charleston brick, tan stucco and large porches, which will offer scenic views of the lake.  The building will additionally feature two street-level retail spaces overlooking the park.
“Simmons Park may be the most important project we have added to our community in years,” said Matt Sloan of the Daniel Island Company.  “It will have an incredibly positive impact on the urbanism we have been striving to create in our Town Center area. We could not be more excited to see this beautiful development move forward.”
The apartments will feature condominium-level finishes, including granite countertops in the kitchens and baths, stainless steel appliances, forty-two inch custom cabinets and large walk-in closets. Planned amenities include: outdoor living spaces including an expansive outdoor living room with multiple flat screen TVs, a fire pit, and three outdoor kitchens with dining areas, resort style saltwater pool with a large sundeck overlooking the lake, a fitness center, community room with flat screen TVs, demonstration kitchen and dining areas, a yoga studio, secured covered parking, and cyber café and coffee bar with iMacs.
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