The foremost problem the team faced was pushback from skeptical stakeholders concerned with how construction would impact their businesses–if people couldn’t park in front of their stores, how would their businesses manage? LandDesign helped educate the stakeholders and put their concerns to rest with help from Statesville’s city council, but still faced unique stipulations to work around such as prohibiting the closure of any businesses due to construction, limiting the hours during which construction could occur, and even halting construction from the week before Thanksgiving until the end of the year to allow for an unimpeded holiday shopping season.
Another significant logistical problem that had to be figured out was how to drain water way from the building faces and towards the street. After widening the sidewalks to 20 feet, water had a much greater distance to travel, but the traditional slope typically used was untenable. As a result, more complex drainage calculations had to be made to accommodate functionality while retaining a comfortable walking experience.