Long tied up in the courts, Charleston's Sgt. Jasper redevelopment project earlier tonight advanced through a collaborative exchange between the property's owner and the city's Board of Architectural Review (BAR).
As Palmetto Business Daily reported yesterday, The Beach Company, which owns the property on the city's peninsula, requested a "courtesy review" by the BAR of its latest draft plans. The purpose of this review was for The Beach Company to garner the feedback of the BAR before submitting a final plan to the board.
That review occurred earlier tonight in the Charleston Museum's auditorium and featured a civil give-and-take between the The Beach Company's and the members of the BAR.
Further, the city responded positively to the company's draft plans.
“We feel the changes to the overall design are positive, and most importantly, the quality of the architectural direction of the conceptual approval has been retained,” said Dennis Dowd, City of Charleston architect.
In a statement released after the meeting, The Beach Company said it "appreciates the constructive feedback from the board and plans to incorporate the details into its submittal before returning to the BAR for the preliminary review of the plan."
“Based on the feedback received tonight from the BAR, we now have a clear path forward as we move on to the next step in the approval process,” said John Darby, president and CEO of The Beach Company. “The goal of the meeting was to gather constructive commentary for the good of the project and ultimately what is best for Charleston."
Not surprisingly, opponents of the Sgt. Jasper project voiced their criticisms at the meeting.
In an interview with Palmetto Business Daily last month, City Councilman William "Bill" Moody, Jr. said that these groups continue to fight, "because they don’t (want) anything on that property."
Darby said the comments of those groups at tonight's meeting were "unproductive" and "false" and went counter to the collaborative process sought by the BAR and The Beach Company.
"The unproductive commentary and false statements made tonight by preservation and special interest groups undermines the BAR’s expertise and interferes with the process, which leads to countless delays and unnecessary costs," said Darby. "The Beach Company remains committed to building a world-class project and looks forward to a collaborative and productive discussion as we continue through the review process.”
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