The Charleston, South Carolina City Council will convene a special meeting at 7:30 p.m. on June 21 to talk about a possible settlement regarding the Sergeant Jasper redevelopment.
The Beach Company, which owns the site, has attempted to get approval for many redesigns and changes to the site, but has not been able to get any plans green-lighted, largely due to complaints from neighborhood residents and historic preservation organizations.
The site has been the subject of nearly a year of mediation and discussions.
“We are grateful to the city for its efforts working together with us on a proposal that not only best fits the needs of Charleston, but also respects property rights and due process,” John Darby, CEO of The Beach Company, said. "We look forward to the meeting and working with City Council on a resolution.”
On March 22, the Charleston City Council took a first look at an ordinance that proposed adding a zoning overlay district at the city's Sergent Jasper site, but representatives of The Beach Company said the proposal was lacking.
A mediation took place April 6, ordered by Circuit Court Judge J.C. Nicholson Jr. All proposed plans were reviewed, but no agreements were reached.
On May 20, Circuit Court Judge J.C. Nicholson ordered the parties on both sides of the case to try to come to an agreement before reconsidering his ruling on The Beach Company’s appeal, which was filed to reverse the June 3, 2015 Board of Architectural Review (BAR) denial of the plan for the site known as the “Building in the Park” plan.
Darby said The Beach Company has been making plans to redevelop the site for 15 years and that several plans for the building have been considered, including a new residential building and a neighborhood grocery store; a mixed-use 18-story building with office and residential units; a mixed-use 13-story building with office and residential units; renovation of the building's 232 units and the addition of a new structure to be used primarily for office spaces; and a mixed-use nine-story building that would consist of 350 residential units as well as office and retail space.
All these proposals would either not be able to be completed without zoning changes or were denied by the BAR.