Beach Company files alternative plan for Sgt. Jasper site

Beach Company files alternative plan for Sgt. Jasper site

CHARLESTON, SC (WCSC) - The Beach Company has filed an alternate development plan for the Sgt. Jasper property.

According to company representatives, while the Beach Company still stands behind the design submitted to the BAR on June 3, the company designed an alternative plan for the site to mitigate "the loss of time and revenue associated with the site's redevelopment."

In June, BAR board members denied the company's latest plans citing the height, scale and mass of the project were too much for the site on Broad Street.

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

The Beach Company released the following statement on Monday:

The Beach Company has filed an alternate development plan for the Sergeant Jasper property located on Broad Street.

On several occasions, The Beach Company has taken the City of Charleston staff's recommendation for future improvements to the site, to include MU-1 Workforce Housing and PUD zoning as well as significantly reducing the height of the proposed new building to 13 floors. None of these plans have yet met consensus, and the BAR denial of the most recent design is under appeal.

Although The Beach Company continues to pursue the appeal of its prior application to construct a new building and continues to desire that it be allowed to proceed with the original plan to demolish the existing building, an alternative plan that incorporates the existing Sergeant Jasper building is being considered.

The plan includes renovating the interior of the existing Sergeant Jasper building, a five-story parking garage and a six-story mixed-use building with office and retail space.

We stand behind the design submitted to the BAR on June 3rd, which complies with existing zoning restrictions and is an appropriate addition to the Charleston peninsula. However, pending the outcome of the appeal, we continue to explore our options and prefer to have alternate plans in place to mitigate the loss of time and revenue associated with the redevelopment of the site.

This new approach will allow The Beach Company to pursue the renovation of the existing building and develop the surrounding property in the event that the BAR decision under appeal is ultimately affirmed.

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