Thursday, March 23, 2017

Proposed upper King Street development dealt setback from BAR

Board defers final approval

Posted by Dustin Waters on Thu, Mar 23, 2017 at 10:32 AM

click to enlarge A view of the proposed development at King and Spring streets looking west - LS3P
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  • A view of the proposed development at King and Spring streets looking west
Plans for a seven-story mixed-use development on upper King Street were sent back to the drawing board Wednesday as Charleston's Board of Architectural Review deferred final approval for the proposed project.

Set for construction at the corner of King and Spring streets in downtown Charleston, the new development would include more than 70 residential units and ground-floor retail space. Gaining initial approval from the board in September, the project returned for a final approval this week only to be met with harsh words from the BAR.

Acknowledging the prime location of the property — directly across from the U-Haul property where city officials would one day like to see a public park — city staff told developers that the plans presented to the board lacked the refinement and detail needed to gain approval. Board members echoed this sentiment, opting to defer final approval for the project due to inadequate submission information and lingering design issues.

“Unfortunately, it seems like this project has stumbled sideways,” said board member Jay White, who added that he was “frankly shocked” that the board was considering deferral following what he believed to be great progress on the design.
click to enlarge A proposed view of the 595 King Street development surrounded by the six phases of the Evening Post Industries' Courier Square project and a hypothetical park - LS3P
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  • A proposed view of the 595 King Street development surrounded by the six phases of the Evening Post Industries' Courier Square project and a hypothetical park
The proposed project at 595 King St. would neighbor the redevelopment efforts of Evening Post Industries, parent company of the Post and Courier, who have already begun construction on phase one of their Courier Square project. Plans for construction on the 12-acre site surrounding the newspaper’s King Street office include apartments, office and commercial space, as well as a parking deck currently in the works.

Recognizing the future growth in the immediate area, board member Jerome Clemons told the team behind the 595 King St. project, “This is going to be a marquee presence in what is known as Midtown. We’d like for it to achieve elegance.”

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