The City of Charleston Design Review Board denied a request after the fact to allow artificial turf which had already been installed at The Ashley, a 174-unit apartment complex on Ashley River Road. The developer replaced the original sod with about 8000 square feet of artificial turf.
Teresa Tidestrom from the community group West Ashley United expressed concern about allowing developers to deviate from approved design plans. “What’s going to keep other developers from doing the same?” she asked the board. Board member John Tarkany, a landscape architect, says he passes the complex several times a day and stated the artificial turf “looks horrible.” Tarkany suggested that landscaping the complex with native plants, such as sweetgrass, would be a viable alternative to sod.
In another West Ashley agenda item, the board deferred approval of the design for the proposed five-story Ashley Crossing Lane apartment complex near Magwood Road. Board members expressed concerns over the five-story height of the project, which is three stories higher than all surrounding properties, and the risk of flooding in the first-floor parking deck.