Development Planned On Former Landfill


Trash to treasure?

By Molly Parker – Charleston Regional Business Journal

The Ginn Co. is giving new meaning to the old phrase “One man’s trash is another man’s treasure.”

The Florida-based developer unveiled plans in late July to build an urban-style, mixed-use waterfront community on 180 acres of Charleston’s upper peninsula. Most of the land served as a county trash dump for nearly two decades.

Conceptual plans for the so-called Promenade development call for building about 1,000 residential units, at least one hotel, an undetermined amount of retail and office space and a performing arts center. The development also would include a marina and public access to the waterfront, said Will Bagwell, the company’s project manager.

“You might ask how people can live on a landfill, and, believe me, we don’t take it lightly, but it’s been done — it’s proven science,” Bagwell said to about 100 people gathered for a presentation at the Charleston County Public Library downtown.

The Ginn Co. and the city of Charleston hosted the three-day charrette to gather public input on the project.

The brownfield slated for development is bound roughly by the Arthur Ravenel Jr. Bridge to the south, Kinder Morgan to the north, Town Creek to the east and Morrison Drive to the west.

The Romney Street and Holston landfills have been closed since the early 1990s, and The Ginn Co., working with the S.C. Department of Health and Environmental Control, has a cleanup plan.



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