Posted: December 8, 2022
The State Ports Authority (SPA) is poised to redevelop the 70-acre Union Pier site in the historic district along the Cooper River. Redevelopment of Union Pier is a critically important opportunity for Charleston. On Monday, December 12th, the Planning Commission is conducting a Special Informational Session on the future of the Union Pier at 12pm in the Gaillard Center Salon at 2 George Street. The Planning Commission has requested this workshop to discuss initial ideas for the Union Pier site in advance of any submittals for the redevelopment of Union Pier. The meeting will be informational only, and no actions will be taken by the Planning Commission. The meeting is open to the public, and will also be livestreamed on the City of Charleston Public Meetings YouTube channel. HCF encourages you to attend or tune-in.
SPA has engaged the LOWE development team to lead the master planning effort for Union Pier. SPA and LOWE hosted three public engagements events this fall to seek ideas and feedback from the community to inform the future of the site and presented a concept plan in late October. The development team hopes to pursue zoning approvals from the city starting in the spring of 2023. The SPA and LOWE team have included some project images and concepts on their website. Below is a high-level summary:
HCF remains committed to ensuring Union Pier becomes a vibrant neighborhood that can be enjoyed by locals and visitors, advocating for the community’s desires, and ensuring the public is informed and engaged. HCF Broad Priorities for the Future of Union Pier include: Stabilization and Preservation of the Bennett Rice Mill; Public Access to the Waterfront through Parks and Open Space; Improved Resiliency and Flood Mitigation; Creation of a Vibrant New Peninsula Neighborhood; & High Quality Architectural Design that Adheres to Charleston’s Historic Scale and Form. We look forward to sharing additional recommendations and comments on the future of Union Pier.