Beach Company files appeal over denial of Sgt. Jasper design plans

Beach Company files appeal over denial of Sgt. Jasper design plans

The Beach Company has filed an appeal after the Charleston Board of Architectural Review recently denied revised design plans for the Sgt. Jasper project.

According to a statement by Beach Co. CEO John Darby, the company filed the appeal with the circuit court on Monday.

Last month, BAR board members denied the plans by a 3-2 vote, citing the height, scale and mass of the project were too much for the site.

For months, neighbors of the Broad Street property argued The Jasper was too tall, some even referring to the project as an eyesore.

Once completed, The Jasper is scheduled to include residential, retail, and office space near Colonial Lake in downtown Charleston.

"The City is aware of the appeal, and we have offered to postpone any further discussions until a later date to allow everyone time to recover from Charleston's unfortunate tragedy earlier this month," Darby said in a statement on Thursday."The Board of Architectural Review is tasked to objectively evaluate applications and provide feedback to applicants including the specific changes that should be made to obtain approval. In denying The Jasper application, the majority of the Board did neither. The appeal asserts the denial was legally improper."

The revised plans included a building 55 feet lower, identical to the current height of the Sergeant Jasper building, also including more green space, and more generous, but hidden parking.

At the time, Charleston Mayor Joe Riley was among the first to comment on the new plans, calling them even more attractive than before, also approving of the reduced height.

Darby said that the board had deferred its decision on May 13 and described changes to be made including the height, which the company says it addressed in its revised application.

On June 3, the board voted 3-2 to deny the application.

"The Beach Company made significant concessions in response to comments from the community," Darby said in a statement on Thursday."Over 50 percent of the site was dedicated to open space, and the plan utilized less than half of the allowable height and density. Although the City's mayor, planning director, and architect recommended approval of the revised plan that addressed all the Board's previous comments, the majority of the Board still denied the application."

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