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Beach Co. is moving its headquarters to a new location in Jasper
Charleston-based commercial real estate company The Beach Co. has moved its headquarters to two floors of the new 12-story mixed-use building called The Jasper that it is developing in the Lower Peninsula.
The agency will occupy 29,000 square feet on the fifth and sixth floors of the office complex at 320 Broad St. after leaving 211 King St., where it has worked for many years. The company didn’t respond to a query about what would happen to the large vacancy in downtown Charleston.
The development, which replaced the former 14-story Sergeant Jasper Apartments, includes 219 luxury rental units, 25,000 square feet of retail space on the first floor, 75,000 square feet of office space and panoramic views of Charleston Harbor and the Ashley and Cooper Rivers.
The 4 acre site near Colonial Lake in Harleston Village also includes an enclosed garage, restaurants, shopping, fitness center, rooftop pool and garden, club and lounge for residents, a lively lobby, seating in the Outdoors, sidewalks, and parks.
At least one large commercial tenant has now been set up in the new building. Wells Fargo Middle Market Banking has moved to the third floor and Wells Fargo Bank is on the fourth floor.
The financial firm announced in 2019 that it would vacate the three floors it rented at 177 Meeting St. near the city market and move about 60 employees who work in commercial lending and asset management to The Jasper. The San Francisco-based bank will occupy around 30,000 square feet of office space.
The 12-story mixed-use Jasper Complex is located on the Lower Charleston Peninsula near Colonial Lake. The Beach Co., which developed the structure, recently moved to two floors. Photo / The Beach Co.
The Jasper is mostly done. Office space on the second floor as well as retail space on the first floor will be completed when the tenants stand in a row.
The Jasper welcomed its first residents earlier this month, and the remaining construction on the housing units should be completed by the end of February.
The city’s Board of Architectural Review approved the draft for development in early 2017, but it didn’t come without a fight.
The Beach Co. worked on a redevelopment plan for the site for years, but met stiff public opposition.
The original proposal met criticism in the neighborhood after the longtime real estate company launched plans in 2015 to demolish the 150-meter-tall apartments from the 1950s and replace the medium-sized building with a low one.
After local residents and preservationists fought the concept as too dense, the company returned to a mixed-use high-rise, which the city’s zoning allows. The BAR rejected the concept.
The Beach Co. sued the board, saying it exceeded its limits by reallocating the site to limit the size of the project. The size and mass of the project was settled through a court battle and city agreement, but did not result in any other draft.
The demolition was completed in early 2018 in the former Sergeant Jasper building, named after a soldier in the Revolutionary War. Construction work on the new project began in August of this year.
“As we celebrate this next chapter at our new headquarters in The Jasper, The Beach Co. is proud to continue our 75-year history of creating landmark properties and communities that improve the quality of life for our neighbors and contribute to the long-term economic vitality of the Region, ”said John Darby, Company President and CEO.
The Jasper was designed by Antunovich Associates from Chicago in collaboration with LS3P and DesignWorks from Charleston. The general contractor for the project is Balfour Beatty.
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