Tenants of the Mission Mall that burned last summer will have a home again after the Mount Pleasant Planning Commission approved the construction of a new mini-mall on the property.
An L-shaped building proposed by the property owners, LaBelle Limited Partnership, would house Metro PCS, Hunan House and other businesses that occupied the space before the fire.
“We’re really excited about the new project and changes we’ve made since the December meeting,” said Brandon LaBelle, owner of LaBelle Realty. “The tenants are very excited about getting back to business and getting their employees back to work.”
The new building will be 6,834-square-feet, with brick, stone and glass to be incorporated in various areas of the construction.
At a Dec. 7 planning commission meeting, a proposed, rectangular, 7,315-square-foot plan to replace the building was discussed, but commissioners asked the applicant to make modifications more in line with the Mission Redevelopment Overlay Zone.
The building plans call for decorative fencing, bicycle parking and improved landscaping.
LaBelle will also be removing the existing pylon sign in front of the building and replacing it with a monument sign to list the tenants.
The pylon sign is one of the largest on South Mission Street, said Jeff Gray, director of planning and community development.
LaBelle said he estimated the pylon sign to be about 30 feet tall and more than 16 feet wide
The monument sign will still be big at 17 feet tall and 8 feet wide, Gray said, but it will be smaller than the pylon.
“It’s very easily one of the biggest pylon signs on Mission,” Gray said. “(The monument sign) is a significant reduction in height and significant change to that signage out there.”
Gray said he believes this is a reasonable tradeoff.
LaBelle also said he wanted tenants to have the option to put signs on the back of their building space.
While some commissioners questioned if the signs should be required to have a unified look, Commissioner Mike Kostrzewa disagreed.
“I think each one of these businesses is independent and run to their own standards, their own marketing, and if one sign is bigger or smaller, it doesn’t matter to me in the least,” Kostrzewa said. “All that matters to me is that they get to advertise the way they want to advertise their business.”
Kostrezewa said the proposed building was beautiful and unified.
The possibility of a cross-connection with the neighboring Isabella Bank branch and the shopping center between the planned plaza is being discussed, with no firm agreement reached.
LaBelle has not announced a date for construction of the new mini-mall.