Sgt. Jasper hearing rescheduled for March 16

The city has rescheduled its Planning Commission meeting to review zoning changes requested for site of the Sergeant Jasper apartment building, seen here before it was emptied out in anticipation of the redevelopment.

The city of Charleston has never held a Planning Commission meeting inside Burke High School’s auditorium before, but then again, it never has seen the kind of crowd that tried to get inside its meeting last week.

City officials announced Monday that the commission’s meeting on the Sergeant Jasper redevelopment has been rescheduled for 5 p.m. March 16 in Burke’s auditorium at 244 President St.

That meeting originally was set for Feb. 18, but hundreds of residents turned out. Many of them could not fit inside the School Board’s chamber at 75 Calhoun St., so the commission ultimately decided to postpone the meeting.

The Sergeant Jasper development drew such a large crowd in part because of the project’s size. The property covers more than 6 acres just west of Colonial Lake, where Broad Street becomes Lockwood Boulevard.

The Beach Co.’s proposal includes three new buildings along Broad Street, two of them four stories tall and a third that is four stories along the street and seven stories in the center. They would include a mix of 454 one-, two- and three-bedroom units and would include about 700 parking spaces underneath in garages — one space for each bedroom. A small park is planned on Barre Street, and it also could include a new grocery store up to 35,000 square feet that might be open 24 hours a day.

The property currently is dominated by the Sergeant Jasper apartment building built in 1950 — before that part of the city had a height ordinance. That building is now vacant and expected to be razed at some future point.

The commission’s decision is only a recommendation to City Council, which ultimately would have to approve the zoning and plan changes. However, the commission’s vote still is important. If it recommends the change, then it would need only seven of 13 votes to clear council. If the commission doesn’t vote to approve it, then the mayor and council would need 10 votes to pass it.

Reach Robert Behre at 937-5771.