Hughes Lumber, Charleston, SC

Charleston, S.C.'s Board of Architectural Review (BAR) plans Wednesday to examine for the fourth time plans to create a $30 million mixed-use project on a site now occupied by Hughes Lumber. Previous attempts to win passage have been stymied in part by BAR's refusal to let the developers move a "partially historic" building on the site.

Hughes Lumber was founded in 1888; the 500-square-foot structure in question dates to around 1860. Developers want to build 33 apartments, ground floor retail and a 590-space parking deck on the property. As part of that work, they intend to propose moving the building 30 feet, to a corner of the property.

The Post and Courier added:

Hughes Lumber and Building Supply, True Value Hardware and an affiliated equipment rental business continue to operate on the site.

John Burn, one of the owners of the property, said in December the family owns 2 acres near the International Longshoremen’s Association building on Morrison Drive that could serve as an alternate site if they choose to build elsewhere. The company also operates an equipment rental business in Mount Pleasant.

To see the property as it currently looks as well as a sketch of the proposed changes, visit the newspaper's website.

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