The Beach Company has filed an appeal about the latest decision by the Board of Architectural Review to reject the most recent design for the Sergeant Jasper project.
The group said in a statement that the city is aware of the appeal and they are postponing any further discussion or mediation to allow everyone time to recover from the tragic events at Emanuel A.M.E. Church in downtown Charleston earlier this month.
The Beach Company says that the majority of the Board did not objectively evaluate applications and provide feedback or give them changes that needed to be made in order to get an approval on the project.
Wednesday, June 3, 2015, The Charleston Board of Architectural Review denied The Beach Company’s application for the redevelopment of the Sergeant Jasper property.
The original plan was highly contested by the community, so The Beach Company went back to the drawing board. Initially, The Beach Company wanted to rezone the Sgt. Jasper property to be used for planned unit development and they were going to build 450 residential spaces on the land.
“The plan we shared today incorporates feedback from more than 50 meetings with neighborhood and preservation groups over a span of eight years and addresses all concerns both the City and the BAR provided at our initial meeting,” said CEO John Darby in a news release. “We’re disappointed with the outcome of today’s meeting, but we remain committed to developing a quality project befitting this special part of the peninsula.”