More apartments planned for upper peninsula

A five-story, 128-unit apartment building is being proposed for Meeting Street between Lee and Jackson streets on Charleston’s upper peninsula.

Add another apartment complex to the mix proposed for Charleston’s upper peninsula.

Atlanta real estate investor Brand Properties wants to build a five-story, mixed-use building with 128 apartment units on Meeting Street between Jackson and Lee streets. The site is just north of the foot of the old Cooper River bridges.

The 83,918-square-foot structure will include a 208-space parking deck and about 11,200 square feet of office space, according to plans submitted to the city.

Plans for the 1.3-acre tract include a courtyard between the proposed development and four existing Freedmen’s cottages on Jackson Street that date back to just after the Civil War. They have been unoccupied for several years and are in disrepair, said Tim Keane, the city’s director of Planning, Preservation and Sustainability.

The apartment project does not include the cottages site.

The developer is seeking the city’s permission for a 55-foot-tall building, or three feet higher than what’s allowed under the zoning code.

A representative for Brand Properties did not return a call or email requesting comment on the project. The property owner, Sam Gilchrist of Mount Pleasant, was traveling Friday and unavailable for comment.

The city’s Board of Zoning Appeals will hear plans for the rental project June 2.

The proposed structure joins several other apartment buildings planned for the upper peninsula area near the foot of the Ravenel Bridge.

A 264-unit, seven-story project is proposed near Meeting and Huger streets, beside the existing East Central Lofts. Between 400 and 550 rental units are planned for a former industrial site on Brigade Street, not far from Edmund’s Oast.

930 NoMo, which will cater to off-campus student housing for the College of Charleston, will include 430 beds when it opens this fall on Morrison Drive, at the base of the Ravenel Bridge.

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