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The city of Charleston’s big decisions on the Union Pier redevelopment aren’t expected to take place for at least a few months, but those who care about the project should not wait to share their thoughts. Fortunately, there are a growing number of ways to do just that.

Most everyone agrees that the State Ports Authority’s redevelopment plan for the site has the potential to change Charleston dramatically for the better or for the worse. It will take robust engagement by residents, advocates, professional experts and others to ensure the plan enhances the city.

Charleston has seen larger developments and some projects even closer to the historic core of the city, but never one of this scale so close to that core. The current plan, recently submitted by Ports Authority consultant Lowe, calls for 1,600 multifamily residential units, 600 hotel rooms and 540,000 square feet of retail and office space, plus a new riverfront park along the Cooper River.

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