A waterfront property south of Broad Road downtown is caught within the crossfire of its proprietor, restauranteur Martin Sprock, and the town of Charleston.
In an unusual however not unprecedented transfer, the town is continuing with plans to purchase the property “by any means mandatory,” in accordance with Metropolis Council motion taken Nov. 23. The movement means the town is attempting to invoke the authority to sentence the property if mandatory in its effort to buy it.
The property is valued at $1.48 million, in accordance with the Charleston County Appraisal District.
The town made an analogous maneuver when pursuing the acquisition of a former Piggly Wiggly property in West Ashley in 2017. The town finally bought that website for $3 million and plans to repurpose it for a civic area in addition to workplace and retail area.
Sprock twice tried to get plans authorized for a home on the south of Broad property, which is a parking zone, however they had been protested by The Charlestowne Neighborhood Affiliation, the Preservation Society of Charleston and the Historic Charleston Basis. Sprock owns plenty of restaurant manufacturers and based each the Moe’s Southwest Grill and Planet Smoothie nationwide chains.
“The mission is simply too massive for the lot and has a detrimental impact in plenty of methods. It is fairly in contrast to the rest within the space,” Charlestowne Neighborhood Affiliation President Lynn White instructed The Publish and Courier.
In an announcement written to the Charleston Board of Zoning Appeals, representatives of the affiliation wrote the proposed home doesn’t match the character of the neighborhood. Its location, at 10 Harmony St., additionally presents flooding considerations and will block waterfront views from close by properties on the other aspect of Harmony Road, the assertion reads.
If constructed, it could be the one dwelling within the quick space on the east aspect of Harmony Road. The lot is positioned in a niche between the Joe Riley Waterfront Park and the East Bay Canine Park.
The town has lengthy eyed the property with plans to buy it going way back to 1980, when the notion for the present Joe Riley Waterfront Park was nonetheless within the works, metropolis data present.
It additionally ties in with ongoing effort to increase the waterfront park farther north.
“With the northern extension of Waterfront Park shifting ahead, the mayor and council really feel it’s the proper time to safe this parcel for the southern extension,” metropolis spokesman Jack O’Toole mentioned.
The Preservation Society of Charleston issued an announcement in assist of Metropolis Council’s choice, writing it’s going to “provide a extra accountable, resilient answer for this property that’s notably susceptible to growing flooding and rising sea ranges.”
Sprock declined to remark for this text.
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