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Downtown Waterfront Hotel Gets BAR Approval

The Charleston Board of Architectural Review-Large (BAR-L) recently approved Lowe’s preliminary review application for its planned waterfront hotel at 176 Concord Street.

“We are pleased and encouraged by the BAR’s comments this evening,” said Dan Battista, Lowe’s senior vice president of development in Charleston. “Our preliminary presentation incorporated much of the feedback that we received from the board during our previous reviews as well as our meetings with neighborhood and stakeholder groups. We look forward to continually improving the project and securing final BAR approval and making this project a reality for the long-term benefit of the Charleston community and its visitors.”

The plan for the site includes a full-service, premier waterfront hotel at the current site of the South Carolina Ports Authority office building and the continuation of Charleston’s iconic Joe Riley Waterfront Park. Lowe expects to break ground on the hotel project in 2019 and open the hotel in 2021. For more information, visit