It was more than six years ago when Eddie Buck Jr. and partners with Jupiter Holdings proposed a 100-foot-tall hotel by the Ravenel Bridge on upper Meeting Street.
The design finally got final approval from the Charleston Board of Architectural Review last week.
City Council approved the extra height at 600 Meeting St. in November 2011. Since then, development on the upper peninsula has continued to boom, including an apartment complex across the street that will have more than 300 units.
The hotel project morphed into a dual-branded lodging around a common courtyard, an 88-room Element and 86-room Aloft. Both flags are owned by Starwood Hotels and Resorts Worldwide.
"Element has bigger rooms with more amenities, and Aloft is more hip, it's more of a lifestyle brand," Buck explained previously about the project.
Also planned on the 1.3-acre site are a 240-space parking deck below offices and a restaurant and retail spaces along Huger Street. BAR gave the design preliminary approval in June 2016.
City staff and board members praised the design and materials but asked for at least one more change — some more color, maybe in the awnings. The brick and cast-stone design is solid but a bit drab with the palette, city architect Dennis Dowd and board member Janette Alexander said.
The architect of record is David Wallace of dwl architecture of Dunedin, Fla. His portfolio includes the upscale spiral-shaped Vortex hotel in Clearwater, Fla.
The local architect is Jimmy Walker with Walker Concepts Architecture of Charleston.
The landscape architects are Amanda Graham Barton of Charleston and FH Milligan Design of Mount Pleasant.
Jupiter Holdings and its affiliates have been involved in several other hotel projects around the Lowcountry. A 111-room Holiday Inn Express at 1657 N. Main St., which is near the Bi-Lo off Sangaree Parkway, opened earlier this month. It's managed by True Blue Hospitality.
Jupiter is also planning a four-story Woodspring Suites with about 120 rooms at 3025 Ashley Towne Center Drive near Costco. The extended-stay property is planned on a vacant lot west of the Food Lion supermarket. The city's Design Review Board gave the project preliminary approval last month.
Timbers tops out
The developer of a new oceanfront luxury vacation getaway on Kiawah Island marked a framing milestone the day before Thanksgiving.
The last steel beam was installed to "top out" the Kiawah Ocean Club & Residences, a 21-unit resort on about 3.5 acres in the West Beach area.
The development by Timbers Resorts will be the island’s first multifamily private vacation club. Each unit will have up to nine owners. Timeshares aren't allowed on Kiawah, but under state law, a property is not considered a timeshare unless it has at least 13 owners per unit.
All the Timbers units offer views of the ocean through floor-to-ceiling windows and an on-site pool and clubhouse, as well as access to 10 miles of beach, seven golf courses, tennis courts, trails and waterways.
Prices start at $500,000 for three bedrooms and 2,149 square feet. The three penthouses, which have four bedrooms and 3,773 square feet, are going for $1.5 million.
The units went on sale in June and some have already been sold, a number "in the double digits," according to Chris Burden, Timbers Resorts director of development.
They’re expected to be ready for occupancy next fall.
The project developer is based in Carbondale, Colo. It paid nearly $11 million for the Kiawah site in February.