Planning Commission votes against Sergeant Jasper zoning change

Many local residents continue to be opposed to plans for the site of the Sergeant Jasper apartment building on Broad Street. File/ Leroy Burnell/Staff

The city of Charleston’s Planning Commission voted 5-2 Tuesday to recommend to City Council that it not give final approval to a zoning change for the Sergeant Jasper apartment building at 310 Broad St.

City Council last month voted 12-1 in favor of giving initial approval to a new overlay zone for the property that would allow a residential use there, one with as many as 324 units. The property currently is zoned limited business and limited to 80 residential units.

The matter now will go back to City Council, a group that can override a negative recommendation from the Planning Commission with a vote of at least 75 percent of its members.

Many neighborhood residents and preservation groups spoke out against the plan at the commission’s Tuesday meeting.

Reach Diane Knich at 843-937-5491 or on Twitter @dianeknich.