Name Game

Monday, March 17, 2008

By Katy Stech
The Post and Courier

Here’s a good question: Is the Midtown project a nearly finished residential community in downtown Charleston or a massive mixed-used development on Upper King Street that has yet to take shape?

Confusingly, it’s both. Two downtown Charleston projects go by the name Midtown, which warrants some clarification.

The first residents already have begun moving into the residential Midtown project, which consists of 23 single-family homes, four condos and six duplexes that sell from the high-$400,000 to mid-$750,000 range. The project was developed by local partnership Reavis-Comer Development.

The development also has a small portion of commercial space, but not nearly as much as the more ambitious Midtown project on Upper King, which recently began the city approvals process.

That 4.3-acre project, which is situated between King Street and Meeting Street along Spring Street, calls for 235 luxury hotel rooms, 35,000 square feet of retail space, 8,000 square feet of meeting space and between 140 and 205 condos.

Local developer Robert Clement, who is working on the mixed-use development, said that, luckily, the naming issue hasn’t caused any problems for his project yet.

“I guess someday somebody might (confuse them),” he said.