Single Site Property Highest & Best Use

Charleston County, South Carolina

Development Strategies was selected by Charleston County to conduct pre-development planning services for a County-owned parcel located on the peninsula in Downtown Charleston, SC. Through site design, development programming, feasibility testing and pursuing partnerships for implementation, we were able to explore many of the challenges and opportunities to redeveloping the site. The result was creation of an RFQ and a companion development book to help acquaint interested developers with the site and promote creative, high-quality development proposals.

Our Approach

Development Strategies, along with its subconsultants – SeamonWhiteside, &Access, and Boudreaux – was selected by Charleston County to conduct pre-development planning services for a County-owned parcel located on the peninsula in Downtown Charleston, SC. County officials expressed the desire for a mixed-use, mixed-income development with the goals of generating revenue for the County and providing the greatest number of much-needed residential units (market-rate and affordable). Acting in a planning and development advisory capacity, the firm conducted due diligence that was used to create an RFQ for redevelopment and a companion development book.

Development Strategies’ pre-development planning process included stakeholder engagement, conceptual site design, creation of a development program and feasibility testing designed to answer important questions developers would want to know when putting together a proposal for redevelopment. As the land owner, this information was important to the County as it evaluates the benefits of future proposals and the need for incentives and partnerships to attain its goals.

Throughout the process, we coordinated with the City of Charleston Housing Authority, the City Planning Department, the utility company, and various local developers. Our strategists helped align community resources and explore entitlements, while our urban designers illustrated various site design concepts to meet significant environmental challenges. The resulting RFQ and companion development book gave County officials the information and confidence needed to move forward with the developer solicitation phase to secure the highest quality, innovative development to meet their goals.