Sergeant Jasper mediation scheduled between developer and city officials

The Sergeant Jasper building status is at the center of a mediation scheduled for Wednesday, April 6 with The Beach Company and Charleston Mayor John Tecklenburg and two city council members.

On Tuesday, there was a pre-mediation meeting with the stakeholders and members of the community. There was a presentation of the various plans to be discussed in the mediation scheduled for Wednesday.

statement from John Darby, CEO of The Beach Company regarding Tuesday’s meeting and Wednesday’s mediation:

We appreciate the public’s participation in the meeting this afternoon in order to prepare for the work ahead of us tomorrow. The Beach Company will continue to make every effort to achieve a design that is both good for the city and economically feasible. We remain optimistic that mediation will succeed, but realistically we know it will be an extreme challenge.

We acknowledge that with the sheer number of different groups involved in the mediation, consensus may be difficult to reach. All stakeholders have previously stated their positions; some parties oppose any plan at all costs and in the past, some individuals wished to deny our property rights. We hope that the parties present in mediation will make the most of this final opportunity to collaboratively determine the future of the Sergeant Jasper site.

The question remains open as to how will we move forward with an approval process. This matter will be addressed in mediation.

If an agreed upon plan is not reached in mediation, The Beach Company is prepared to hear Judge Nicholson’s ruling. While previous mediations for the site have resulted in an impasse, Judge Nicholson will rule on the appeal once mediation is finished tomorrow, with or without an agreement from the groups, and his order will depend on the outcome of the mediation. We have options; it’s been a long process, but now is the time to come to a resolution.

For images and more information on the Sergeant Jasper, visit www.sergeantjasper.wordpress.com

About Sergeant Jasper Apartments

Sergeant Jasper Apartments, initially built in 1951, was celebrated as Charleston’s “first large modern apartment building.” Situated in an unparalleled location at the entrance to the western corridor of the Charleston peninsula, Sergeant Jasper was popular for its stunning views of downtown Charleston and the Ashley River. The location is also within walking distance to restaurants, shops, attractions, parks, marina, and the waterfront.

About The Beach Company

Founded in 1945, The Beach Company has been a leader in residential and commercial real estate brokerage, development and property management for 70 years. Led by CEO John Darby, The Beach Company upholds a tradition of establishing landmark properties and communities by evaluating each development opportunity for its potential to improve the quality of life for our neighbors, and contribute to the long-term economic vitality of the Charleston Lowcountry and the Southeast region.

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