- Associated Press - Thursday, May 14, 2015

CHARLESTON, S.C. (AP) - Regulators in Charleston have delayed a vote on a contentious redevelopment project calling for an 18-story building in the city’s historic district.

Media outlets report that several hundred people turned out Wednesday for a meeting of the city’s board of architectural review. About 30 people spoke, most in opposition to the project near the Ashley River.

The Beach Co. wants to replace an existing 14-story building with an 18-story tower with luxury apartments, retail and office space and a parking garage.

The members of the review board delayed a vote, urging the company and its architect to lower the height of the building’s tallest portion and consider other changes.

The company’s original redevelopment proposal for a series of smaller buildings was withdrawn after widespread opposition.

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