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Mosaic owner plans St. Philip makeover

In desperate need of TLC, corner building is getting something to eat

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One of the peninsula's dustiest, unused street corners is about to get a much-needed rehab, care of the creators of Mosaic Café and Catering in Mt. Pleasant.

Convenient to the College of Charleston and Upper King Street, 114 St. Philip Street has been eyed for possible redevelopment in the past, but the cost to repair the structure has kept tenants out for roughly three decades.

Mosaic owner Steven Niketas is looking to open a unique restaurant experience at the site, returning the exterior to its mid-20th-century heyday as a hardware and corner store. Inside, they're planning a first-floor restaurant space (including off-street outdoor dining), a second floor for private parties, and an apartment on the third floor.

The company has worked closely with the Radcliffeborough neighborhood and the Historic Charleston Foundation, which has an easement on the building.

The dilapidated state of the site has been an "energy drain" on the area, says Winslow Hastie, the foundation's preservation director.

"We're very excited about this proposal," he says. "It's a great use and it'll do wonders for this corner."

The city gave preliminary approval to design plans Monday.

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