Sealing victory for The Beach Company, longtime Charleston area real estate brokerage, Judge J.C. Nicholson Jr. has cleared the way for the developer to proceed with the historic Sergeant Jasper property renovation on Charleston’s peninsula.
Beach Jasper LLC and its affiliated Beach Equity Investments LLC want to redevelop the original Sergeant Jasper property, a currently vacant building. Completed in 1950, The Sergeant Jasper was The Beach Company's first multifamily mixed-use development on the isthmus, with views of the Ashley River and the Charleston Harbor as well as proximity to Charleston’s business district.
“A careful plan for redevelopment is underway and a new mixed-use project will evolve over the next several years,” the Beach Company stated on its website.
When their efforts were hindered by the City of Charleston and the City of Charleston Board of Architectural Review (BAR) — along with intervener-respondents Historic Charleston Foundation, Preservation Society of Charleston, Harleston Village Association and Charlestowne Neighborhood Association — they took their case to court, where Ninth Judicial Circuit Court Judge J.C. Nicholson Jr. ultimately dismissed the appeal in the Court of Common Pleas on Aug. 30.
“After Judge Nicholson ruled to protect property rights, the city worked diligently to come to an agreement for a positive outcome for this site,” The Beach Company’s CEO John Darby said, noting that the process had been exhaustive, time-consuming and “unnecessarily contentious.”
The BAR has vacated its original denial of The Beach Company’s redevelopment plan and issued a Certificate of Appropriateness for conceptual approval.
The redevelopment plan includes demolition and reconstruction for a 13-story mixed-use building with space for residential, retail and office use, as well as a public park, with no cost to taxpayers.