[image-1]With a unanimous vote of final approval from the BAR it looks like the Beach Company is finally closer to breaking ground on its proposed multi-use Sgt. Jasper property.

In February the plans gained preliminary approval from the BAR for a 75,000-square-foot office space with 25,000 square feet of retail space on the lower level, and a parking garage containing 536 spaces. Architect Joe Antunovich told the board that the complex would contain 222 residential units.

Wednesday, after Antunovich and landscape architect Scott Parker presented detailed slides describing the updates on the latest renderings, the floor was opened for questions/comments and reps from the Historic Charleston Foundation (Winslow Hastie), the Preservation Society (Tim Condo), and a member of the Charlestowne Neighborhood Association all briefly requested that new samples of brick color be considered and that the green awnings in the rendering be done away with. There were no other public comments.

[content-6] After nearly three years of debate, numerous outcries from citizens and preservation societies, and a legal battle resulting in a settlement, the ending of this drawn-out building drama was rather swift. BAR board member and city architect Dennis Dowd told the Beach Company that they should be “proud of this project.” Member Janette Alexander concurred, noting her concerns with some material choices but ultimately saying “I applaud you on the whole project.”

The most recent changes to the renderings highlighted by Antunovich and Parker during the presentation included a six-foot masonry wall around the border of the property (according to Parker, “if a site is zoned limited business and the areas around us are zoned residential in the city of Charleston when you have that condition you’re required to have a wall”), a 230 capacity bike rack to be located inside the parking garage area, and an artificial lawn on the north roof deck to be used for “recreational purposes.” Antunovich says they’ve reduced the size of the penthouse in the office space (per the board’s suggestion) by fifty percent, and they’ve increased the square footage of some apartments to 2,000 square feet. Beach Co. senior VP of development Dan Doyle said he thinks this building, will be “one of, if not the finest building in Charleston.”

A statement released after the meeting by the Beach Company says that the “demolition and construction of the Jasper will be a three-year project once building permits for the plan are secured.”