Charleston takes hold off Sgt. Jasper development


Charleston city Council voted Tuesday night to support an agreement to settle the long-running Sergeant. Jasper dispute.

In a press release, the city detailed the agreement in an outline:

  • The judges ruling is set aside, meaning that the board of architectural review is protected from further court challenge and can get back to doing its work.
  • Citizens can expect the old Sergeant Jasper – unattractive and unloved for more than half a century – to come down and be replaced by dramatically more attractive building – a building that the judge in this case has already given the developer approval to build.
  • The developer will set aside three quarters of an acre on nearby St. Mary’s field for the construction of a new, publicly accessible waterfront park at no cost to the taxpayer.
  • This settlement requires the beach company to bring its plans back to the BAR for two more rounds of approvals, provisional and final, before the building can be built.

The Beach Company will meet with the BAR Wednesday, June 22.

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