New development plans announced for Sergeant Jasper site

(Photo source: The Beach Company)
(Photo source: The Beach Company)

CHARLESTON, SC (WCSC) - The Beach Company has announced new plans for the redevelopment of the Sergeant Jasper site in downtown Charleston.

According to plans announced Monday, the abandoned 14-story building will be replaced with a taller, mixed-use development. The new building will include 80 luxury residential units, approximately 118,000 square feet of office space, and 40,350 square feet of retail space.

While still in its conceptual phase, the building will feature six floors of parking, eight floors of office and retail, and 18 floors of residential. At it's highest point, the new building will reach 20 floors.

"With an unmatched location in Charleston, The Jasper will provide spectacular views and will be an iconic development worthy of this site," said John Darby, The Beach Company's chief executive officer.

Beach Company officials say the new development plans incorporate eight years of community feedback from over 50 meetings.

A previous redevelopment plan was withdrawn by the Beach Company in early March. That plan includes nearly 500 apartment units, a large grocery store and parking in the center of the property. Neighbors reacted strongly against that plan, citing concerns over traffic congestion and building too close along Broad Street.

For those plans, the company had requested a zoning change to redevelop the property, which it has owned since 1950. Without rezoning the area from a limited business to a planned unit development, or PUD, the initial design plans could not be approved.

With these new plans, rezoning is no longer necessary.

"The new redevelopment plan for the Sergeant Jasper parcel conforms to the existing zoning entitlements assigned to the property," a release from the company states.

As of now, the vacant Sergeant Jasper building is already one of the tallest in downtown Charleston, after several church steeples.

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