Historic black meeting house in downtown Chareston to be moved

18 05 2012

Wade Spees / P&C Staff

Historic black meeting house in downtown Chareston to be moved, restored

By Schuyler Kropf

A historic black meeting house in downtown Charleston is poised to be moved to make room for luxury homes, with advocates saying relocating the United Missionary Chapel is the best way to protect and preserve it.

Another option included turning the building into a single-family house.

Charleston’s Board of Architectural Review voted unanimously Wednesday to allow the structure to be moved so that 33 single-family units can go forward as part of the “Gathering at Morris Square” development.

The chapel is in the middle of a historically black neighborhood surrounding the Dereef Court area.

Read the full article @ The Post and Courier


Board votes to move Dereef Park ‘Praise House’

17 05 2012

By Lia Sestric

CHARLESTON, S.C. (WCIV) — The votes are in.  In a special Board of Architectural Review meeting Wednesday night, members unanimously approved to move the “Praise House” at Dereef Park.

The hearing also discussed the second phase of development plans for the Park, located in the Cannonborough-Elliotborough neighborhood.

Read the full article over at abcnews4.com

Special BAR Meeting

16 05 2012

This Wednesday, May 16th at 5pm at City Hall there will be a SPECIAL meeting to address ONLY the Dereef Park development. Please make every effort to attend. If you cannot attend, please email a letter to the BAR staff so that your opinion will be heard at this very special meeting regarding the development of our neighbohood park.

It is especially important to have people in attendance as the meeting is being called to address this project alone. Morris Square Phase II is important to both Elliotborough Cannonborough and Radcliffborough – and the city as a whole from an historic perspective and from a parks/open green space perspective.