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Advocacy Alert: Visit Union Pier Thursday

preservation-admin , September 28, 2022

Thursday, Sept. 29, 11 a.m. – 7 p.m.
Union Pier cruise passenger terminal
196 Concord St. (free parking in Lot B)

This Thursday, you have a chance to set foot on a piece of property downtown that has not been accessible to the public in nearly 100 years. The Union Pier project team is hosting an open house to gather public input on the future of the site. That’s right: The State Ports Authority (SPA) is planning to sell 70 acres of the Union Pier waterfront for redevelopment and this is your chance to walk one of the largest undeveloped sites in the city and start thinking about the massive potential it holds for Charleston residents.

Pier sits on 70 acres along the Cooper River

Right now, there are more questions than answers about Union Pier. What will be built here? Should we build here at all? Who will buy it? Whose priorities will be reflected in what’s built?

The stakes of this project could not be higher. It is a blank slate, a chance to build something that contributes to daily life for Charleston residents. And starting this week is your first chance to provide input to the Union Pier team to make that happen.

It is our hope that through meaningful public dialogue, Union Pier can become a world-class, resident-centric development with public space on the waterfront, a diverse array of housing options and neighborhood-serving businesses.

We hope to see you all Thursday for this key public input opportunity.

NOTE: SPA says it is watching Hurricane Ian, but as of now the Thursday open house is still on.

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