Advocacy Alerts

295 Calhoun Returns To BAR-L

preservation-admin , August 23, 2021

The 8-story, mixed-use building proposed for 295 Calhoun Street, across from Roper Hospital, is back for BAR-L review this Wednesday. As you may recall, this project was denied in April after an incredible outpouring of community opposition and agreement by the Board that the building was overly massive and unrelated to Charleston’s unique character.

   

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

While the current submittal shows some minor improvement to details and materials, there has been no meaningful change to the overall size and design of the building. Given the proposal was denied by the BAR-L, there should be significant restudy of the building’s fundamental elements, including height, scale, mass, and architectural direction. As submitted, we question if this proposal should even be heard by the BAR, given its close similarity to the previously denied version. The PSC will continue to stand up for an appropriately scaled, contextual design and urge the Board to reject this proposal – Charleston deserves better.

The BAR-L will convene via Zoom this Wednesday, August 25 at 4:30 PM. View the agenda here and image overview here.

Public comments may be sent to Boards@charleston-sc.gov. Contact PSC Advocacy Staff with any questions at advocacy@preservationsociety.org.

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