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What the Redevelopment Plan for Union Pier Depicts

  • Massive city blocks that facilitate large, monolithic buildings
  • 7-story buildings close to the waterfront
  • Limited open space on the developable land

What Historic Charleston Foundation Advocates For

  • Breaking up city blocks with alleys and creating buildings with varied block shapes and size with robust architectural requirement
  • Building heights should not exceed 6 stories and should scale down to 2.5 or 3 stories. Any tall buildings should be very limited and scattered across the site.
  • As the site’s only placemaker and historic remnant; Bennett Rice Mill Façade making it into a plaza, an open plaza or mall extending all the way to the water’s edge with clear views to the park and water.

The proposed redevelopment of the Union Pier port terminal property is a once-in-a-lifetime opportunity to develop an important piece of land in a way that creates a thriving new peninsula neighborhood that can be enjoyed by all, while remaining respectful to our city’s history. The development of Union Pier deserves a much more thoughtful approach than what it’s receiving. We applaud the State Ports Authority for wanting to make Union Pier part of our community again and sell the land for the financial benefit of Lowcountry taxpayers. However, the State Ports Authority and the developers are rushing to hastily develop what could become the same generic apartment buildings, hotels and retail spaces that have been popping up all over the peninsula.

Charleston is not known for block-sized apartments, offices and condos, or cookie cutter retail spaces, it is known around the world as an exceptional cultural center. If Charleston is to continue to be the most profitable region of the state, while still holding onto its reputation as a charming coastal city, we must develop the Union Pier area in a way that reflects the unique brand and values of Charleston.

We can’t let cookie-cutter apartment and office buildings become the new skyline that future generations will remember. We must Make It Charleston.

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