63-unit apartment building planned near MUSC

A 63-unit apartment building is proposed for 96 and 102 President St. in Charleston near the Medical University of South Carolina.

While Charleston’s upper peninsula attracts a slew of new apartment buildings near the base of the Ravenel Bridge, downtown’s west side is capturing developers’ attention as well.

A firm called President Street Development LLC wants to build a four-story apartment building at 96 and 102 President St. near the Medical University of South Carolina.

The 63-unit, mixed-use structure, as proposed, will have three floors of student housing above parking, retail and other amenities.

The 103,068-square-foot building will include 82 parking spaces.

The company is registered to Melvin B. Melton of Myrtle Beach. Melton did not return a call for comment.

The proposed structure will go before the city’s Board of Architectural Review on Wednesday.

Tim Keane, the city’s director of Planning, Preservation and Sustainability, said he didn’t expect the plans as presented to be approved because the rendering of the building looked too modern.

The planned apartment building is about two blocks away from a proposed five-story apartment structure with 60 rooms called Crosstown Plaza. It’s planned for the juncture of the Septima Clark Expressway and Spring Street.

Crosstown Development Partners LLC, a group led by Ecovest Development’s Jeffrey Roberts, plans to construct four stories of apartments over a first-floor garage with street-level commercial space at Crosstown Plaza.

Also on the western side of the peninsula, the Horizon Project Foundation is proposing two large multifamily housing developments in its newly named WestEdge project. It was formerly called Horizon.

The first project to rise will include 207 apartments above restaurant and retail space at Fishburne and Horizon streets, across from Riley Park.

99 WestEdge, as the first phase is being called, will include a 955-space parking deck behind the six- and seven-story housing structures.

Farther south, at Spring Street and Lockwood Drive, the foundation is proposing 350 apartments above retail and restaurant space and a full-service grocery store. That development, called 10 WestEdge, will include an 890-space parking deck behind multistory housing and office structures.

Other development is expected to follow over the next three decades on the 22-acre tract bound by Lockwood Drive, Fishburne Street, Hagood Avenue and Spring Street.

Reach Warren L. Wise at 937-5524 or twitter.com/warrenlancewise.