Monday, March 6, 2017

International African-American Museum seeks final approval from the BAR

Board set to discuss a proposed new hotel, King Street office building

Posted by Dustin Waters on Mon, Mar 6, 2017 at 11:23 AM

click to enlarge The final designs for the International African-American Museum - MOODY NOLAN INC.
  • Moody Nolan Inc.
  • The final designs for the International African-American Museum
Charleston’s International African-American Museum is set to cross another hurdle this week as the project goes before the Board of Architectural Review for a final round of approval. Board members have spoken highly of the plans for the museum, which last went before the BAR in September 2016. The 35,000-square-foot facility at Gadsden’s Wharf is estimated to cost around $75 million, with a tentative completion date of 2019.

Designs for the museum show that it will include a section dedicated to the Gullah-Geechee people, a family history center that will allow visitors to learn more about their ancestors, and an exhibit called Atlantic Connections, which will endeavor to uncover the cultures and diversity of the 100,000 Africans who arrived at Charleston Harbor in chains during the peak of the slave trade.

The current design for a four-story office building at 663 King St. - NEIL STEVENSON ARCHITECTS
  • Neil Stevenson Architects
  • The current design for a four-story office building at 663 King St.
Also set to go before the BAR this week is a unique four-story office building planned for construction on upper King Street. The project was granted conceptual approval last November, with the board recommending that those behind the designs for the project restudy portions of the second and third floors.

If the development clears the preliminary and final rounds of approval, the project is set for construction at 663 King St. just below the overpass of the Septima Clark Expressway.

click to enlarge Proposed design for a five-story boutique hotel at 194 East Bay St. - GOFF D'ANTONIO ASSOCIATES
  • Goff D'Antonio Associates
  • Proposed design for a five-story boutique hotel at 194 East Bay St.
During this Wednesday’s meeting, the Board of Architectural Review will also hear from  applicants requesting conceptual approval for construction of a new five-story boutique hotel at 194 East Bay St. In November, board members approved the demolition of the two-story building that currently sits at that address just south of the Market, but rejected designs for a five-story, 47-room hotel on the grounds that the project was too large for that location. Plans submitted to the BAR for this week’s meeting show that developers are still attempting to gain approval for a five-story building at the East Bay site.

Members of the board will also discuss preliminary plans for the construction of eight new buildings at 124 Spring St. Collectively referred to as Sanctuary Court, the development would feature a mix of residential and mixed-use buildings branching off of Spring Street and standing three stories tall at their highest.

Charleston’s Board of Architectural Review-Large will meet Wed. March 8 at 4:30 p.m. on the first floor of the Gaillard Center.

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