CHARLESTON, SC (WCBD) – Charleston’s northeast peninsula is undergoing change as developers revitalize an area that was once the center of the city’s auto dealerships.
“It was a really opportune part of town,” said Charleston City Planning Director Christopher Morgan.
Developments like The Morris and Morrison Yard are changing the landscape along Morrison Drive. The area’s central location is what Morgan says attracts developers.
“Since the Cooper River Bridge opened in 2005, it has made this area much more accessible to Mount Pleasant and areas east of the Cooper River,” Morgan said. “You always had connections to I-26 and North Charleston and of course up to Crosstown you have connections to West Ashley.”
Coupled with views of the Cooper River and North Morrison’s restaurant scene, Morrison Drive is also appealing because it’s an easier place to build. Morgan says office space has been the driving force behind the region’s development.
“It’s not really in the heart of the historic district. There aren’t a lot of historic structures here,” Morgan said. “You see a real boom in office development here, from Morrison Yard, to the Charleston Tech Center to The Morris.”
Offices, restaurants, shops and apartments are all included in the current developments. But there will be room for other activities.
“We want to make sure the development is as pedestrian and cyclist friendly as possible,” Morgan said. “The Upper Peninsula zoning offers many incentives for creating better green spaces, a walking area and facilities for cyclists.”
On February 9, the Charleston Board of Architectural Review was supposed to decide the fate of the International Longshoreman’s Association Hall on North Morrison Drive, but candidates who want to demolish the building postponed until the next meeting.