A Jan. 22 front-page story in The Post and Courier was about the building at 61 Vanderhorst Street, which was built in the 1950s.
For many years it provided housing for more than 50 residents. But since 2000, many low-income and even disabled residents were priced out and replaced by students from the College of Charleston. Now the owners plan to renovate the building, reconfiguring the apartments to accommodate more people.
There will be more than 100 bedrooms, and the number of residents living in the building will double. Zoning laws do not specify the number of bedrooms in a building. The problem is that the street is mostly residential, with limited parking. The apartment building is on a large plot with room for 40 cars. That’s not enough for 100 residents.
Residents of the historic neighborhood worry, too, about noise and other problems related to the influx of so many transitory residents.
Mayor John Tecklenburg is planning a review of the zoning laws during his first term as mayor. In the 1950s, two single-family historical houses, 61 Vanderhorst Street and 83 Pitt Street, were demolished to make way for the present apartment building.
The brick and stucco Greek Revival house that stood at 61 Vanderhorst Street was built c.1845 with an entrance portico supported by Tuscan columns. A double-tiered wraparound piazza was on the east façade. In the garden, where the parking lot is today, was an elegant Victorian latticed garden house with a bellcast roof.
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