[image-1]In the latest development in the debate over Sergeant Jasper, representatives from the Beach Company met with Charleston Mayor John Tecklenburg and the city’s Planning Department Thursday to discuss the future of the property.

The private meeting was the third time in recent months that city officials sat down with developers to work toward a compromise for the property. The idea for the meetings came from former mayor Joseph P. Riley Jr., who in November called on the city’s Planning Department to work with the Beach Company to devise a new plan for the Sergeant Jasper site based on a previous proposal by the developer. City staff were also instructed to seek input from preservationists and neighborhood associations concerned with the future of the project.

Following the final discussion between the city and developers, the Beach Company released a statement detailing the groups’ decision.

“At the request of the city, the Beach Company presented a new plan today that included demolishing the existing 14-story tower and constructing a mid-rise building consisting of 350 residential units, 15,000 square feet of retail and 50,000 square feet of office space,” the developer announced.

Although the Beach Company says it still wishes to move ahead with a previous plan denied by the Board of Architectural Review last June — which would have consisted of a 13-story tower and almost 600 parking spaces, in addition to retail and office space — the company did agree to move forward with the new plan if the city would be willing to expedite the approval process.

“The Beach Company received additional feedback from stakeholder groups on the plan during today’s meeting and intends to study it and decide in the coming weeks whether or not it can create an amended plan that addresses this feedback while remaining an economically viable option,” the statement added. “In the meantime, the Beach Company will continue to pursue the alternate plan of renovating the existing Sergeant Jasper building and adding adjacent buildings, while also proceeding with the appeal of the BAR’s June 3 denial.”

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