Board of Architectural Review defers final approval for Courier Square

The city’s Board of Architectural Review has deferred final approval on the design of Courier Square, at the corner of Meeting and Columbus streets.

Charleston’s Board of Architectural Review Wednesday deferred a decision on whether to give final approval to the design of Courier Square, a new building at the corner of Meeting and Columbus streets that will contain a mix of apartments, retail and commercial space.

Tim Keane, the city’s planning director, said the BAR had some concerns about the materials that were going to be used and other details. A new date for final approval has not yet been set.

Final approval is the third of three required approvals that Evening Post Industries, parent company of The Post and Courier, must get from the BAR before it can move forward with the project.

The company’s plan is to redevelop 12 acres around the newspaper’s downtown building, which sits at the corner of King and Columbus streets. The project’s first phase includes a mix of about 225 apartments and 86,000 square feet of retail and commercial space.

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