31/32 Laurens Street Apartments
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Under current zoning the parcels north and south of Laurens Street between East Bay and Washington Street - the site of the old Vegetable Bin and the lot to the north - would support up to a maximum of 47 residential units. The Southern Land Company (SLC)proposal for this site would include 230 units, an increase of 380%. With a maximum height of six stories, this development would tower over the Ansonborough properties across East Bay, blocking the morning sun and standing as an enormous bunker between Ansonborough and the Cooper River.
230 residential units crammed into this small parcel will concentrate traffic around what is already a congested area, containing one of two surviving downtown supermarkets.
However elegant and "pedestrian friendly" the current SLC design might appear, this zoning change would mean a perpetual increase in population density, adjacent to one of Charleston's most carefully preserved historical neighborhoods.
The homeowners and residents of Ansonborough are strenuously opposed to this zoning change.
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