Development in North Charleston May Create a New Downtown

Boeing Spurs Development

Boeing continues to spur growth and development in the tri-county area. Plans are in the works to develop land near the Boeing plant that would provide affordable housing and convenient shopping for Boeing workers. A recent article in the Post & Courier reports on a revised plan for a new mixed-use development called Uptown, along International Boulevard near the Tanger Outlets and North Charleston Coliseum and Convention Center.  The City of North Charleston, and the developer, Uptown Developers LLC of Washington DC have filed a wetlands permit application to fill in a 28.2 acre area near Filibin Creek.

This project has the endorsement of environmental groups, including the Coastal Conservation League. To offset the loss of wetlands, the developers would preserve 461 acres in Dorchester County and would help with tidal flows and marsh habitat on Filbin Creek, according to the Post & Courier. The new development would not adversely impact fish habitats or endangered species. Mayor Charles Sumney partnered with the developer to help overcome any obstacles in the application process. “We did it to help get it through the process and create more developable property, add to the ambiance of that area and generate more revenue for the city,” Sumney said in the article.

“We are creating a new downtown in North Charleston with this plan,” said Lenn Jewel, one of the owners of Uptown Developers. He is confident that the site will be approved, and said “we need workplace housing for Boeing, and we need more rooftops in this area.” The new Uptown development will include several hundred apartments, a hotel, restaurants, office space and a potential sky bridge to the convention center and coliseum. The hope is to create a new destination and entertainment center for the Charleston metro area.

The Uptown development will stretch from Tanger Outlets to the Double Tree by Hilton along International Boulevard near the 526 exit. Mayor Sumney wants the new district to include the North Charleston Coliseum and Charleston Area Convention Center complex to enable additional parking for entertainment events. The City of North Charleston also plans to build an additional fire station and EMS location on International Boulevard.

Source: Post & Courier, “N. Chas. Plans for Thriving Uptown,” by Warren L. Wise, May 17, 2016

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