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Advocacy Alert: Major Projects at BAR-Large This Week

preservation-admin , April 12, 2021

Several major projects are on the docket for the Board of Architectural Review – Large (BAR-L) meeting this Wednesday, April 14 at 4:30 PM and we encourage you to get up to speed and weigh in. Review the projects on the City’s website here and submit your comments to the Board here.

Highlighted on the map above, projects up for review include a student housing project on President Street, a hotel and parking garage on Cannon Street, and a major mixed-use hotel and a residential complex on Meeting Street. The PSC will present detailed comments on each of these proposals, which warrant careful consideration and input by the community. Please email PSC Advocacy Staff with any questions at advocacy@preservationsociety.org.

295 CALHOUN
Most notably, 295 Calhoun Street is back on the agenda after previously being withdrawn in response to strong community opposition. Your voice is needed again to tell the Board this project is inappropriate for Charleston and should be denied.

 

Left: rendering of proposed building at 295 Calhoun at the corner of Halsey Boulevard, looking west; Right: rendering of rear of proposed building, looking north 

As a recap, the mixed-use project is slated for the corner of Calhoun Street and Halsey Boulevard, across the street from Roper Hospital. The project team is requesting an additional 8th floor for architectural merit and context, which we feel is inappropriate given the overwhelming mass of the building so close to Calhoun Street and its jarring departure from Charleston’s unique character. The PSC is advocating for complete restudy of the project with the following points in mind:

  • Improved site planning that provides greater relief to Calhoun Street
  • Height, scale, and mass that are deferential to the adjacent Harleston Village neighborhood
  • Design and details that respond architecturally to Charleston
  • High-quality, authentic materials
  • Strong, vibrant ground floor activation that contributes positively to the pedestrian experience on Calhoun Street

Please stand with the PSC this Wednesday in calling on the Board to deny this project as proposed. Click here to sign up to speak or submit your comments by 12 PM the day of the meeting.