Author Archives: Jenna Wylie

Assessment of Mt. Pleasant Growth Management Plan Unveiled August 6, 2015

Conducted by Urban Land Institute South Carolina for Charleston Metro Chamber Charleston, SC – The Urban Land Institute South Carolina (ULI) has been engaged by the Charleston Metro Chamber of Commerce to offer an “unbiased fair and honest assessment” of the framework plan for Growth Management as proposed by Mount Pleasant Town Council in March 2015. The public is invited to hear the results of the two-day study and the panel’s recommendations at a presentation at 5 p.m. August 6 at the Cooper River Room at Mount Pleasant Waterfront Park. … Read More

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Myrtle Beach Hopes Zoning Change Spurs Creative Downtown Development

Myrtle Beach officials on Tuesday said they hope approving a “floating zone” in a portion of downtown will help spur creative, mixed-use development in an area that has been neglected for years. The floating zone allows developers to propose projects that might not fit the current zoning in the portion of downtown referred to as the south mixed-use area, which is defined as the area from First Avenue North to Seventh Avenue North and from the Atlantic Ocean to Kings Highway in Myrtle Beach. Current zoning, MU-H, allows for development … Read More

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Mayor Riley on Confronting Racism with Honesty

Long-serving Charleston Mayor Joseph Riley is leading his city through the tragedy and aftermath of the Emmanuel AME shootings. Special correspondent Charlayne Hunter-Gault interviews Riley about effective policing, race relations and reaching Americans who don’t think that racism is their problem. Click here to read more and view the video.

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Big Ideas for the 2016 ULI Carolinas’ Meeting

SAVE THE DATE Mark your calendar today for the 2016 ULI Carolinas’ Meeting on February 29-March 1, 2016 in Raleigh, NC.  This third annual event to draw over 600 attendees from across the region to enjoy mobile workshops, keynote sessions, panels and incredible networking opportunities.  Registration information will be sent in the Fall. The ULI Carolinas’ Meeting offers educational and networking opportunities during the two-day event. The focus for the conference will be The Rise of the 18-Hour City. With an anticipated 600+ attendees, the meeting ensures access to leading … Read More

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Midlands Reality Check Transportation and Infrastructure Symposium Report

Great transportation and infrastructure are critical to growing the Midlands by choice and not by chance as the region works to accommodate an influx of 450,000 new residents over the next 30 years, growing to a population of 1.3 million. But as that population becomes increasingly dominated by Millennials, those born between the early 1980’s and the 2000’s, infrastructure and transportation could look a lot different than what many may envision. That was the message to more than 60 area public and private leaders gathered for a Transportation & Infrastructure … Read More

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U.S. 29 Plan Calls for Smarter Growth, Local Indentities

Written by Michael Burns Experts’ final report on smart planning and development for the U.S. 29 corridor between Greenville and Spartanburg calls for separate communities with more population density and better transit to provide economic, social and environmental benefits. Adaptive traffic-signal synchronization could save an estimated $1 million per year in time and fuel, according to the report, and improved pedestrian crossings and sidewalks could improve safety on a stretch of road where nine pedestrians were killed from 2003 to 2012. Click here to read the full article.

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ULI Resident Fellows: Global Experts with Home-Grown Solutions

One afternoon Charleston County called ULI South Carolina. They had their eyes on an undeveloped parcel of land and wanted ULI’s counsel. But they wanted it soon. “I didn’t have enough time to plan a TAP,” Heather Foley, ULI South Carolina Executive Director said, “so I called Tom and Maureen.” Tom Murphy and Maureen McAvey, two of ULI’s three Senior Resident Fellows, were on a plane to Charleston shortly thereafter. “This was a classic ULI issue,” Murphy said. Charleston County had no city-wide development strategy in place. They had never … Read More

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CBRE Executive Vice President Stephen P. Navarro of Greenville leads at ULI Mid-Winter Leadership Meeting in Paris

CBRE Greenville, SC’s executive vice president Steve Navarro and member of the Board of Directors for the Urban Land Institute attended the ULI Global Trustees and Key Leaders Midwinter Meeting 2015 in Paris France on February 5-7. The meeting was designed to be a global summit that begins to look at technology and transformational change to the built environment and how today’s leaders and influencers are positioning. Steve facilitated a Thought Leadership Breakout session where he summarized the trends in transformative technology within the retail sector. Given this state of … Read More

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Entrepreneurial Communities: Risks and Opportunities for Real Estate

By Archana Pyati Although the rate of new business creation in the U.S is in fact declining, entrepreneurs and the social, economic and technological infrastructure they require continue to be a driver of real estate and urban planning decisions. This trend is especially evident in cities that have transitioned from manufacturing-based economies to those driven by knowledge-creation, technological and scientific innovation, and professional services. So concluded an expert panel devoted to entrepreneurial communities and their evolving real estate needs at the ULI Carolinas’ Second Annual Meeting, held February 9 and … Read More

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Charleston’s Mayor Looks Back on 40 Years of Progress

As he completes his tenth term as Charleston, South Carolina’s mayor—and his 40th year in office—Joseph P. Riley Jr. could speak only of all that he has left to do and how little time he has to do it. There is the grand opening of the Gaillard Center, a $142 million performing arts center that will be the crown jewel of Charleston’s already world-class cultural scene; the private partners he seeks to support the so-called Lowcountry Lowline, a proposed greenway on a 1.5-mile (2.4 km) stretch of an abandoned Norfolk Southern … Read More

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