80 years on, Charleston worries about new building design

80 years on, Charleston worries about new building design
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By BRUCE SMITH

Associated Press

CHARLESTON, S.C. (AP) - More than 80 years after Charleston passed the nation's first historic preservation ordinance, there's concern the design of new buildings on the Charleston peninsula is not as good as the old.

So the city is reviewing the process by which it approves new commercial, residential and mixed-used projects needed to serve a growing population.

Better quality design is a priority for Mayor Joe Riley during his last year in office. He says some recent designs that have come before the city Architectural Review Board were not very remarkable.

City Planning Director Tim Keane says that since the preservation ordinance was passed in 1931, the historic district has been preserved. He says the question now is what the city will look like in 20 years, given the new development.

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