BAR-L To Review Major Multifamily Project on Upper Meeting
preservation-admin , July 27, 2021
Left: Rendering of the proposed multi-family building; right: Existing Regis Milk façade, courtesy of the Post & Courier
Tomorrow, the Board of Architectural Review – Large (BAR-L) will consider a significant request for construction of a 244-unit multifamily development at 578 Meeting Street that spans nearly an entire city block, with a request for an additional story for architectural merit. The façade of the c. 1920s former Regis Milk plant is proposed to be incorporated in the redevelopment of the site.
Site map of the project at 578 Meeting Street, between Stuart and Johnson Streets
While the PSC supports redevelopment of the site to provide much-needed housing downtown, massive projects like this will have a major impact on Charleston’s architectural landscape, and it is imperative they are executed to the highest standard. This initial proposal falls significantly short of what such a prominent Meeting Street site deserves, and the Preservation Society will call on the Board to deny the project. The design exhibits no relationship to Charleston’s unique character, does not respectfully integrate the historic Regis Milk façade, and the applicant inappropriately requests additional height without offering high-quality materials, public amenities, or green space.
Tune into the BAR-L meeting tomorrow, Wednesday, July 28 at 4:30 PM via Zoom.