Will a glass tower replace the old Millennium Music building?


By Valencia

CHARLESTON, S.C. (WCIV) - For years, Millennium Music vibrantly filled the space at the corner of King and Calhoun Streets. For the past four years the building has been empty, and now architects want to turn it into a modern-day shopping center.

"We've been anxious to get redevelopment of the property, and a new tenant, retail tenant in the building on that corner," said Tim Keane, director of planning for the City of Charleston.

The building proposal includes a glass tower and adding a second floor to the eastern side of the structure.

"They looked at buildings all over the country and all over the world as to clues on how they could design a renovation that was appropriate for King Street but that was contemporary," said Keane.

Keane says the City of Charleston is looking for a dramatic yet subtle addition to downtown Charleston.

"We think it's the most important corner in the South Eastern United States."

The proposed plan has to be approved three times in order to go forward with construction.

The plan was approved once but was deferred Wednesday night because of concern with the design of the glass tower.{}