Pacific Box & Crate: Transforming the Upper Peninsula
As the Charleston region continues to grow, innovative projects are popping up in the most unusual places—places that, until recently, were not considered investment-worthy locations. In May, the Raven Cliff Co. completed such a project on Charleston’s Upper Peninsula—an area historically characterized by vacant lots, industrial sites, and single story office buildings.
The Pacific Box & Crate project establishes a new kind of anchor for this rapidly transforming area of the city. The pioneering, 130,000-square foot adaptive reuse project is innovative both in concept and location—something The Raven Cliff Co., has come to be known for. The design is both innovative and engaging, integrating a unique blend of tenants and building materials authentic to the surrounding community fabric. Tenants range from professional tech offices, breweries, and yoga studios, to an incubator food hall that will serve as a proving ground for new food concepts from Charleston culinary staples. This project is also one of the first to use the City of Charleston’s Upper Peninsula Zoning District—an incentive-based zoning program designed to encourage redevelopment in the Upper Peninsula.
Join Raven Cliff Chief Executive Officer, Stephen Zoukis, and Chief Operating Officer, Michael Wooddy, as they share the vision and strategy of the project, including why they chose the Upper Peninsula. Architect Dan Scheaffer, LS3P, will talk about the design inspiration for this unique project. Tenants Michael Shem-Tov of The Daily and Butcher & Bee, and Liz Luke, Work Environment Advocate for Boomtown, will round out our host panel and will discuss, respectively, spearheading the food hall and the importance of providing amenitized work environments for recruiting and retaining talent in today’s competitive workforce.
Pacific Box & Craft Project Statistics
- Total Project Size: 130,000 square feet, office in three buildings on 10 acres; the site contains 340 unassigned parking spaces
- Office Lease Term (Typical): 5-7 years
- Rental Rates: $20 to $25 per square feet
- Overall Investment: $35 Million
- Site Name: Named for the first known user of the property, Pacific Guano Co. in 1869, and the most recent owner, Dixie Box & Crating Co.
- Edmund’s Oast Brewing Co.
- The Workshop (Food Hall) – John Lewis, Pink Bellies
- The Harbor Entrepreneur Center
- Twelve South
- Reverb Yoga
- The Middleton Group
Liz Luke – Work Environment Advocate, BoomTown
Bio coming soon.
Dan Scheaffer – LS3P
Dan Scheaffer is an Associate Principal at LS3P in Charleston. Mr. Scheaffer brings over 16 years of experience in complex designs for corporate, healthcare, higher education, and aviation & transportation projects. His professional service includes three years as Lowcountry Director for AIA South Carolina as well as his current role as Secretary/Treasurer for that organization. Mr. Scheaffer has also served as President, Vice President, Secretary, and chair of numerous committees for AIA Charleston. A frequent adjunct professor and guest lecturer at Trident Technical College, Mr. Scheaffer has taught a variety of courses including Architectural History and Architectural Drawing and Design. He is a recipient of an AIA Design Excellence Award, a recent graduate of Leadership Charleston, and one of the Charleston Chamber of Commerce’s most recent Forty Under 40. Mr. Scheaffer was named one of 12 nationwide winners of the AIA Young Architects Award in 2016.
Michael Shemtov – Owner, Butcher & Bee
Michael Shemtov graduated from the College of Charleston in 2000 and went right into restaurant ownership with the opening of the Mellow Mushroom on King Street in Downtown Charleston. From 2008 to 2010, Mr. Shemtov served as the Director of Marketing for Mellow Mushroom’s parent company. With two partners, he opened two additional Mellow Mushrooms in the Charleston area in 2011 and 2013. In the fall of 2011, he opened Butcher & Bee in downtown Charleston. Butcher & Bee has been a critical success and has resonated deeply with guests. The restaurant has been featured in magazines, on television shows, and at the James Beard house. In 2014, Mr. Shemtov opened Butcher & Bee’s sister concept, The Daily, followed by his first property outside of Charleston, Butcher & Bee Nashville, which opened in 2015. In the following year, he moved the original Butcher & Bee to a new, larger space and expanded the menu while continuing the focus on sandwiches, vegetables and Middle Eastern inspired dishes guests have come to love. Mr. Shemtov’s newest project, Workshop, recently opened offering a multi-concept fancy food court in uptown Charleston which will host visiting chefs and incubate new restaurants.
Michael Wooddy – COO, Raven Cliff Company
Michael Wooddy is Chief Operating Officer of Raven Cliff Company and manages all aspects of the planning, development, construction, leasing and financial analysis of Raven Cliff’s Charleston Project’s—most notably Half Mile North and Pacific Box & Crate. Prior to joining Raven Cliff in 2009, Mr. Wooddy was a Vice President at the I’On Group, a Charleston-based real estate development and investment firm. At I’On, Mr. Wooddy had acquisition, disposition and due diligence responsibilities as well as financial analysis, forecasting, budgeting and reporting duties. Earlier in his career, Mr. Woody spent time at El Paso Corporation, a merchant energy firm in Houston, TX and Credit Suisse First Boston where Mr. Wooddy began his career as an investment banker in New York, NY. Mr. Wooddy earned his B.S. in Business Administration in 1999 from the College of Charleston.
Stephen Zoukis – CEO, Raven Cliff Company
Stephen Zoukis was born in Montpelier, Vermont and describes himself as an Army brat, attending a dozen different public schools before graduating with honors from the University of Virginia’s School of Engineering in 1971 and Columbia University’s School of Law in 1974. He practiced law in Atlanta for 20 years, then led the U.S. operations as a partner in the real estate company Jamestown for a dozen years before moving to the Charleston area in 2006. His company is called Raven Cliff Company, named after Raven Cliff Falls in South Carolina’s Mountain Bridge Wilderness Area. The company redevelops industrial properties on the peninsula above the Crosstown, primarily as office space, but also for food and beverage use. The company has approximately 220,000 square feet of space in the Half Mile North and Pacific Box + Crate projects. Mr. Zoukis lives on Sullivan’s Island with his wife Suzan and grandson James.
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Raven Cliff Company