CHARLESTON, SC (WCSC) - A massive project for the peninsula's west side took a step forward Wednesday, however, the development's architecture and style is raising concerns. The Horizon Project will be built at Fishburne and Horizon streets, across from Joe Riley Stadium.
The City of Charleston's Board of Architectural Review approved the height, scale and mass of the buildings, but they voted against the development's overall style.
The first phase of the project will wrap around the corner of Fishburne and Horizon Streets with apartments, offices and retail shops surrounding a 1,000-car parking garage. Developers hope to create an urban center.
"We certainly feel very strongly that these projects need to help contribute to the character and the life of the district we're trying to create," says Michael Maher, the CEO of the Horizon Project. "We welcome people's input on that."
The plans received mixed reviews Wednesday.
"They don't look very nice. I'm sorry. They just don't look nice. They could be anywhere."
"With this development, you will be proud of what kind of work they're doing for everything to blend in."
B.A.R. members say the design needs further study.
"That vision is well articulated," explains B.A.R. member Jay White. "It's optimist. It's bold. It's forward thinking, and, unfortunately, for me having looked through these drawings very closely over the past few days, I don't see that reflected in this design at all."
"The refinement of the architectural direction is what we have to take on next and how to come to a consensus about what that should be is what we have to work on," says Maher.
The developers and architects will make changes to the initial design based on Wednesday's comments. I
The estimated cost of the Horizon Project is about $50 million.