The Beach Company has appealed the City of Charleston's Board of Architectural Review's (BAR) decision to deny The Beach Company's proposal to redevelop downtown Charleston's Sgt. Jasper site - and the Charleston Metro Chamber of Commerce is behind the appeal.
The chamber agrees with The Beach Company's assertion that the BAR overstepped its bounds when it rejected the proposal.
“The chamber has a growing concern over development projects being denied or rejected when the developer has adhered to all the zoning requirements and regulations," Charleston Metro Chamber of Commerce President and CEO Bryan Derreberry said. "The Sgt. Jasper decision is yet another example of this happening with more and more frequency across the region."
Late last week, The Beach Company and the city's BAR entered into mediation.
“The chamber supports the development process that exists under South Carolina law," Derreberry said. "If a developer working with the local jurisdiction proposes development that fits within the local jurisdiction’s comprehensive plans and long term vision, and follows the normal development approval processes, projects should not be rejected without due cause.
“In the case of the Sgt. Jasper project, what The Beach Company was proposing was well below the height requirement and density allowed for the property,” Derreberry said.