This blog series about life in Downtown Charleston is focused on current and upcoming developments that will be impacting the local neighborhoods. The Harleston Village neighborhood in the lower Peninsula is home to the 14-story Sergeant Jasper Apartment building. Located at 130 Broad Street, it is hard to miss from nearly any vantage point, and is largely considered an eyesore.
Mixed-use redevelopment efforts for this large 4 acre site began back in 2013 and it easily qualifies as one of the most controversial projects in recent history. I will not get into the many neighborhood opposition forces, zoning issues or lawsuits here that have long delayed this project. The building has been vacant since 2014 when demolition plans were first approved.
As of last week, the latest scaled back plan finally appears to be making critical progress, garnering the second of three required approvals by the Board of Architectural Review. The plan inclu
des tearing down the current building and replacing it with a large-scale, mixed-use development. It’s expected to include 222 multifamily units, 78,000 square feet of office space, 22,000 square feet of first-floor retail space and 536 parking spaces enclosed in a garage. The new design was inspired by the People’s Building and the Francis Marion Hotel. Pictured is an architectural rendering provided by The Beach Co.
What does it mean for the neighborhood? A major change! This is a largely quiet residential neighborhood without much commercial presence. Whether you view the following plan as positive or negative will certainly depend upon your own perspective. Final approval could come as soon as this summer. I’ll keep you updated.
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