There have been several milestones achieved recently with our plan to redevelop the Sergeant Jasper building into a superior mixed-use project comprised of residential, retail and office, so we want to provide you with the latest update.

On August 26, Judge J.C. Nicholson signed off on a settlement agreement between the City of Charleston and The Beach Company. Under the settlement agreement, the Board of Architectural Review’s June 3, 2015 denial of The Beach Company’s redevelopment plan for the site was overturned and the plan received a Certificate of Appropriateness for conceptual approval.

Last week, The Beach Company went before the BAR for a pre-application review of the Jasper redevelopment plan to gain feedback on next steps for redeveloping the Sergeant Jasper site. The pre-application review is a step in the BAR review process and is part of the City of Charleston BAR Zoning Ordinance.

The purpose of the review was to update the BAR on the work in progress on the plan, and to gain feedback prior to the preliminary submittal. Dennis Dowd, City of Charleston architect said: “We feel the changes to the overall design are positive, and most importantly, the quality of the architectural direction of the conceptual approval has been retained.” He shared some architectural recommendations, many of which were echoed by BAR members.

The Beach Company appreciates the constructive feedback from the board and plans to incorporate the details into its submittal before returning to the BAR for the preliminary review of the plan.

“Based on the feedback received from the BAR, we now have a clear path forward as we move on to the next step in the approval process,” said John Darby, president and CEO of The Beach Company. “The goal of the meeting was to gather constructive commentary for the good of the project and ultimately what is best for Charleston. The Beach Company remains committed to building a world-class project and looks forward to a collaborative and productive discussion as we continue through the review process.”

 The Beach Company is happy to share this news with you today, and remains committed to advancing the plan under the City’s existing ordinances.

About the Plan

The plan for the new Jasper is being designed by Antunovich Associates of Chicago in partnership with LS3P architects and DesignWorks of Charleston. The plan includes demolishing the existing 14-story 1950s structure and replacing it with a 159-foot-tall mixed-use building comprised of residential, retail and office uses. A 0.75-acre public park will also be built at the currently vacant St. Mary’s Field at no cost to the taxpayer. A new overlay zone was approved in June for the Sergeant Jasper site that gives The Beach Company the option to make the Sergeant Jasper primarily residential.

About Sergeant Jasper Apartments

Sergeant Jasper Apartments, initially built in 1951, was celebrated as Charleston’s “first large modern apartment building,” and open house on September 9, 1951, “attracted a crowd estimated at 10,000 persons” according a report in The Charleston Evening Post. Situated in an unparalleled location at the entrance to the western corridor of the Charleston peninsula, the Sergeant Jasper site accommodates stunning views of downtown Charleston and the Ashley River. The location is also within walking distance to restaurants, shops, attractions, parks, the marina and waterfront.