BAR to consider request to demolish 3 upper Meeting St. buildings

The owner of 577-579 Meeting St. wants to demolish three buildings and a shed on the site. Charleston’s Board of Architectural Review will consider the request Wednesday.

Three commercial buildings on upper Meeting Street could soon face the wrecking ball.

Property owner Grant Realty Corp. of West Ashley is asking the city of Charleston for permission to demolish the structures and a small shed at 577 and 579 Meeting St. The brick and block buildings, across the street from the former Regis Milk Co. facility, and a metal warehouse in the rear were built around 1957 and 1973, according to the city.

The owners have not submitted plans for the property beyond demolition, according to Bill Turner, principal planner for the city.

Upper Meeting Street is undergoing a transformation as several multistory apartment complexes are proposed just south of 577 Meeting, where the former Cooper River bridges touched down on the peninsula. Just north of the Grant Realty site at the base of the Ravenel Bridge, a seven-story, 274-unit apartment complex will rise at 601 Meeting St. as the second phase of East Central Lofts on Huger Street. A nine-story hotel is planned across the street at 600 Meeting.

Also, White Point Partners of Charlotte and Middle Street Partners of Charleston are asking for approval to build a new five-story, 276-unit apartment complex and mixed-use development at 107 Brigade St., where Charleston Steel & Metal was once located off Morrison Drive.

The city’s Board of Architectural Review will consider the requests Wednesday.

Homebuilder Ashton Woods recently unveiled a new model home in a Johns Island development.

The Monroe model sits at 1542 Thoroughbred Blvd. in Sea Island Farms, a master-planned subdivision of nearly 30 homes.

The model includes a wrap-around porch, two-story family room, three bedrooms and three-car garage. Prices in the community start in the mid $200,000s.

Also, Mungo Homes will build 24 new houses in a new development called Sanctuary Cove at Cane Bay Plantation in Berkeley County. Amenities will include a playground and community pool.

One- and two-story homes will range from 1,675 square feet to 4,300 square feet, with some of the 14 floor plans featuring six bedrooms, four bathrooms and two-car garages. Prices start in the $200,000s.

Carolina One New Homes is handling marketing.

A new two story office building is being proposed in Mount Pleasant.

Passadilla Office Building would sit at 363 Wando Place Drive near Interstate 526 on a lot less than one acre.

The town’s Commercial Design Review Board will consider the request Wednesday.

Reach Warren L. Wise at 843 937-5524 or