Meet the new team behind the Union Pier project

A lot of changes have been made since the project was first introduced in 2022.

CHStoday Ravenel Bridge Union Pier

The current view standing on the Union Pier property and looking out.

Photo by CHStoday team

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The Union Pier project is moving forward... but with a new team and a new plan. Here’s everything you need to know to pier into the future of the project.

A quick refresher

The big idea: Transform a ~70-acre property (along the eastern edge of the Charleston Peninsula) into a city center — including taller buildings, smaller blocks, and areas of highest elevation.

Changes in the project

In case you missed it, SC Ports and Los Angeles-based developer Lowe terminated their joint agreement to redevelop Union Pier earlier this November. The planning timeline was also extended to craft a way forward that reflects the community’s priorities.

The Riley Center for Livable Communities at the College of Charleston now leads the development project and has selected the team to help transform the site:

The team plans to have a final design concept by the end of spring 2024.