Council votes to support agreement to settle Sgt. Jasper dispute

Council votes to support agreement to settle Sgt. Jasper dispute
Charleston City Council talking about Sgt. Jasper on Tuesday night. (Source: Live 5 News)
Charleston City Council talking about Sgt. Jasper on Tuesday night. (Source: Live 5 News)
The current Sergeant Jasper site. (Source: Live 5)
The current Sergeant Jasper site. (Source: Live 5)

CHARLESTON, SC (WCSC) - Charleston City Council voted on Tuesday to support an agreement to settle a dispute regarding the Sgt. Jasper site.

According to the agreement, the Board of Architectural Review is protected from further court challenge, and requires the Beach Company to bring its plans for Sgt. Jasper back to the BAR for two more rounds of approvals before the building can be built.

Additionally, the agreement states that the developer will set aside a portion of the nearby St. Mary's Field for construction of a new, publicly-accessible waterfront park at no cost to the taxpayer.

"We are pleased that City Council affirmed our property rights tonight by ratifying the agreement and advancing the Sergeant Jasper redevelopment plans," said John Darby, CEO of The Beach Company. "The Beach Company's seventy years of success in Charleston is attributed to having reached many mutually beneficial agreements with the city, and tonight's vote shows that the city is committed to solidifying a plan alongside us that fits the needs of Charleston."

"We are now one step closer to realizing our vision for improving the Sergeant Jasper site and are optimistic that the Board of Architectural Review will now allow the redevelopment to move forward," said Darby.

Sources say the so-called "Short Stack plan," a modified "Plan B," will be the blueprint for construction.

The plan calls for The Beach Company, which owns the property, to construct some buildings on St. Mary's field and to use a portion of the field for a waterfront park.

According to the Beach Company, the plan is similar but not identical to the one rejected by the Charleston Board of Architectural Review rejected one year ago. The new plan would call for the existing building to be demolished and a new building roughly the same height to be constructed. That new building would be a mix of residential and retail space. Board members denied that plan on June 3, 2015 by a 3-2 vote, claiming the height, scale and mass of the project were too much for the site.

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