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It wouldn’t be hard to imagine new buildings and streets on Union Pier that offer much more to the city than the vast parking areas and aged warehouses now dotting the site, but while we believe the redevelopment needs to occur, “better than it is now” shouldn’t be the standard for approving a new legally binding zoning agreement for the nearly 70-acre site. The standard should be ensuring it’s as good as it can possibly be while also preventing the possibility that the perfect becomes the enemy of the good and kills the whole thing.

The State Ports Authority and its consultant Lowe recently filed their first documents with the city — a preliminary step to ensure the plan is complete — but the public part of the city’s process isn’t expected to occur until May, when the Charleston Planning Commission considers a planned unit development agreement.

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