Community members filled the seats in a meeting room Wednesday in the Lonnie Hamilton III Public Service Building with one thing on their mind: their neighborhood.
Residents were anxiously listening for the decision from Charleston County's Historic Preservation Commission to approve or deny 42 single-family unit homes within the Ten Mile Community, a historic district.
It was a unanimous "yes" from all commissioners denying the proposals. Commissioners decided these homes would be historically inappropriate for the neighborhood.
“This is a historic district so when you’re building or attempting to build in a historic district, you have to be aware of what the areas are like and take that into consideration when you’re building the plans so that way it’s consistent with the history and the character," said Ben Cunningham with the South Carolina Environmental Law Project. “It’s certainly a positive for the community. We think at large because these certificates of historic preservation are necessary to continue."