Review board gives Midtown project conceptual approval

Tuesday, May 6, 2008

Midtown Project, Downtown Charleston, SC

From The Post & Courier Staff

The city of Charleston’s Board of Architectural Review voted 4-1 Monday to give conceptual approval to the Midtown project, an ambitious $150 million proposal that developers say could mark the entrance to downtown Charleston.After an initial rejection two months ago, developers behind the project returned to the board with more-intricate building details and an internalized loading-dock system, appeasing the concerns of many nearby residents.The 4.3-acre project, which sits between Meeting Street and King Street along Spring Street, calls for 235 luxury hotel rooms, 140 to 205 condos, about 35,000 square feet of retail space and 8,000 square feet of meeting space.

Board member Craig Bennett gave the only dissenting vote.

The development is now up for preliminary approval, which will take into account more of the building details in the project. The project could be part of a transformation of the upper King Street area.

The development group behind the project, Regent Charleston LLC, said it hopes to break ground early next year.