by Paul Bowers
The Board of Architectural Review will consider approving some major downtown development projects at its Wed. June 26 meeting, including two hotels and a public housing structure.
One of the projects, long in the works, is an eight-story hotel at 404 King St., the site of a former library branch adjacent to Marion Square. Preservationists opposed the structure's proposed height in 2004, and a judge ruled in 2010 that the City of Charleston had illegally rezoned the property, but an October 2012 state Supreme Court ruling overturned the lower-court decision. Developer Michael Bennett's Library Associates LLC will seek final approval for new construction on the site.
At 249 Meeting Street, applicant Stephen Ramos of LS3P Associates will seek final approval for new construction of the four-story Grand Bohemian hotel on property owned by McAlister-Togant Wentowrth Meeting LLC. An applicant sought BAR approval for a previous hotel design on March 27, but the board made comments about issues including ground-floor materials consistency, stucco detailing, and a rooftop canopy. The design being submitted on Wednesday is a revised version of the earlier plan.
At the corner of Laurens and Concord streets, Eddie Bello of McMillan Pazdan Smith Architecture will seek conceptual approval for construction of the five-story Williams Terrace Senior Housing complex. The property is owned by the Charleston Housing Authority and is near the former site of 162 public housing units that the city tore down in the early '90s.
The College of Charleston will also seek conceptual approval for a three-story addition beside the school's existing Jewish Studies Center. Plans for the new building include several lecture halls and a kosher/vegan/vegetarian dining hall slated to open in September 2014.
The Board of Architectural Review meeting will begin at 4:30 p.m. on the third floor of the Charleston County School District Building (75 Calhoun St.). To read full agendas of BAR meetings, click here. And for a handy interactive map showing most of the new development coming to King and Meeting streets, click here.