Waterfront Park, completed in 1990, currently ends at a public pier at Concord Street and Vendue Range. If the proposal is approved, the park would be extended beyond that along the shoreline, and the new pier would abut Fleet Landing Restaurant & Bar. (Photo/Liz Segrist)
The proposal is part of the company’s plan for the property, site of the S.C. State Ports Authority’s current headquarters. The city allowed a slightly taller hotel if the developer provided a public amenity of some kind.Work for the proposed park expansion involves placing 8,000 cubic yards of fill material into 0.56 acre of tidal wetlands, according to the Army Corps filing, which Lowe Enterprises submitted under its subsidiary Leucadia Coast Properties LLC.
The proposed new view down Cumberland Street. (Rendering/Provided)
About 0.30 acre of tidal wetlands will be temporarily impacted during construction. The proposed dock marina will also shade about 0.25 acres of tidal wetlands and open water. Shade is considered an impact because it could change the way things grow in an area, agency spokesman Sean McBride said.The overall project would extend the public waterfront and walkway and would create another boat access point, the filing said. The marina will be open to any boats that fit, according to Dan Battista of Lowe Enterprises.
For its mitigation plan, the company proposes preserving a 486-acre site within Copahee Sound in Mount Pleasant. That area includes open water, tidal wetlands and forested uplands.
“The applicants propose that the mitigation site property owners retain their ownership under a kings grant while the East Cooper Land Trust serves as the conservation easement holder,” the filing said. “An existing oyster mariculture lease is proposed to continue within the mitigation site, and existing plans to construct a dock and boardwalks within the mitigation site are also proposed.”
The park opening will coincide with the hotel’s opening, which is anticipated for late 2020, Battista said.
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