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At 70 acres, the proposed development of the State Ports Authority’s Union Pier site will be the largest development project in the history of the lower Charleston peninsula. Compared to the centuries-long development of other neighborhoods, this new place will be a virtual snap-on — with a build-out of maybe 20 years, more of a Daniel Island than an Ansonborough.

The development of the Union Pier property could be beneficial to the 350-year-old peninsula if done right. If not, it could be the urban equivalent of bad face work.

Either way, it will be a part of Charleston for a long time. Long after the current mayor and City Council leave office. Long after the Ports Authority has taken its money and run.

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