Save 9 Dereef Court

6 08 2012

Letters to the Board of Architectural Review

12 06 2012

Read below to see what the citizen’s of Cannonborough-Elliotborough are saying about Morris Square Phase 2. It is important that we continue to express our concerns about the proposed development. Please post your own comments online, email your city council representative, and write to the editor’s of our local papers.

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Rev. Darby of Morris Brown AME Church

Merissa Ellis

John Tucker

Elise Ladew

Dana Campbell

Bob Hines

Claire Curtis

Mary Miller


5 06 2012

Sometimes it feels as if our neighborhood is under attack.

© 2012 David Templeton

United Order of Tents could lose home
By Glenn Smith

The cream and green building with the rusted iron gate looms large over Cannon Street, a hodgepodge of architectural styles that has been home to a secretive sisterhood for more than a half-century.

The United Order of Tents has weathered civil war, segregation and strife since its birth in the late 1800s. But now, the ravages of time and city building codes threaten to leave the group homeless.

The Tents are facing a monster repair bill to shore up their crumbling building, which has developed severe structural issues. The repair costs could run in the neighborhood of $700,000, and the Tents just don’t have that kind that kind of cash on hand.

Preservation groups are rallying to help the group, run entirely by black women, many of whom are elderly. But in the meantime, Charleston officials have hauled the group into the city’s Livability Court, and a judge has given the Tents until early next month to board up the place.

Read the full article @ The Post and Courier

A New Life for Dereef Park

1 06 2012

From Charleston City Paper – 02/13/2012

Neighbors act to save historic African-American church, downtown green space
by Paul Bowers

Photo by Adam Chandler

Lois Simms still remembers the sound of voices exulting in worship at the church across the street. In the 1940s, she was a child growing up in the same house on Morris Street where she lives today, and even from the living room, she could hear the a capella offering of hymns most afternoons in the plain wooden chapel.

Read the complete article @ Charleston City Paper

The Life and Times of Dereef Park

1 06 2012

From the Charleston City Paper 08/03/2011

A parable of gentrification

Photo by Hunter McRae

by Paul Bowers

Dereef Park is not the same place it was in 2002. Back then, the tree-shaded clearing between Morris and Cannon streets was a notorious haunt for alcoholics and heroin addicts, not the family-friendly enclave it is today.

“At one point, it was a questionable place,” says Elliott Dobson. She moved into a house just around the corner from the park in 2002. That was also the year when the City of Charleston gave a developer the go-ahead to build on the lot where the park’s grassy field and playground stand.

Read the complete article @ Charleston City Paper

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