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Noisette Update for October 2013

October 8, 2013

The Noisette Company shares an update on the Noisette Community.  The update can be viewed here.

Noisette Update 2013

From the update:

Foreword from the Noisette Company

“The Noisette Company has always believed that the most durable communities are those that have developed a common vision, and that a truly sustainable culture starts with the health of our ecological, life support, and social systems as a highest priority.  We are proud to share the following update on Noisette and are thankful for all of the friends that have joined us on this journey in building a sustainable city – one that is socially just, respects our ecological systems, restores our intuitive understanding of our natural world and benefits our human health, while creating a sustainable economy that allows access and opportunity to all in the community.

The Noisette Community continues to progress and is in significantly better health then it was 12 years ago when we first launched.  The community has evolved and grown as it was designed to do.  The community truly galvanized behind a common vision for the future and continues to execute on that vision.  The tipping point has been reached, and the Noisette Company is proud of the community and all that it has accomplished.

During the project, one role of The Noisette Company was as catalyst; helping to grow the local capacity of partners to build a sustainable culture, to communicate the vision, lead planning efforts, and inspire others to invest their time and resources.  The number and diversity of partners that have joined us are key measurable outcomes of the success of our efforts.

It is with great pride that The Noisette Company announces a formal end to their involvement in the Noisette Project.  The Company will no longer be active in its Navy Yard roles as master developer, property manager and community builder.  The Company will no longer own real estate within the Navy Yard.  The face of ownership of Navy Yard property has been transforming for years, as was always intended, sparking additional private investment into the area.  The plan for the Navy Yard continues to adapt and grow, and the future remains bright.

While the Noisette Company did not have any real estate ownership interest outside the Navy Yard, the Company led the creation of the Noisette Community Master Plan for the 3,000 acre community.  The Noisette Master Plan and the CityCrafting process analyzed the condition and potential of the Noisette Community.  In addition, the Company designed and led the community-based planning and engagement process.  The Company desired to be the catalyst for change.  While the Company had direct involvement at the Navy Yard and Oak Terrace Preserve, one thing is clear, it has been a true community effort as developers, businesses and residents have invested in the vision of the Noisette Master Plan.  No matter who is developing projects within the Noisette Community, these projects are achieving success when judged against the principles set forth in the Master Plan and the Triple Bottom Line philosophy.

A sincere thanks to all of those that joined us on our journey and helped to create a common vision for the future.  A vision that is being executed upon and continues to evolve.  We look forward to following the progress and the next evolution of the Noisette Community.  We offer the following update to our Sustainability Report, an update that is by no means comprehensive but rather highlights some of the success stories, challenges and organizations that have been so vital to the progress of the 3,000 acre Noisette Community – a model for sustainable community revitalization.”

Download the pdf report here: Noisette 2013 (appx 22 MB file size)


[Updated 10/8/13 – This blog is no longer maintained]


Navy Yard Welcomes New Tenants

August 15, 2012

The Navy Yard is pleased to welcome several new businesses and announce a couple of recent expansions:

DELOITTE CONSULTING joined the 10 Storehouse Row family earlier this summer.  After outgrowing their space at the Lowcountry Innovation Center, Deloitte wanted to stay within the Navy Yard and made a short jump over to 10 Storehouse Row.  With a worldwide team of 45,000 professionals, Deloitte provides audit, financial advisory, tax and consulting services.

GLOBAL LOGISTICS CONSULTING ( recently moved into 1,500 s.f. at 7 Storehouse Row. GLC helps clients with all of their shipping and logistics needs including ocean, air, rail, truck, warehousing and documentation.

Maga Design Group

MAGA DESIGN GROUP is moving to 10 Storehouse.  Specializing in infographics, Maga helps clients visualize complex processes and projects.  I would describe it as “Art meets Management” Still not sure what they do? Go the website (it’s awesome) and see for yourself.  Maga’s client list includes fortune 500 companies and major DoD agencies.

CHARLESTON MATTRESS is expanding within the 10 Storehouse Row building.  From a humble beginning in a 330 s.f. studio, Charleston Mattress gradually increased it’s footprint.  In September, the company will grow into Suite 106A, a 1,600 s.f. space within 10 Storehouse.  These mattresses are crafted just three miles for the showroom.  If you’re in the market for a mattress, buy local.  Check out details here:

FIVE FINANCIAL, a financial advisory firm, recently moved into 10 Storehouse.  Founded by Zack and Kimberly Otey, Five Financial focuses on 5 areas of a client’s financial life: Mortgage, Debt Management, Insurance, Emergency Fund and Retirement Savings.  Check out their website at

Water Missions International

WATER MISSIONS INTERNATIONAL is fixing up building 1605 near the north entrance to the Navy Yard (First building on the left after turning off Virginia Avenue).  This non-profit group has grown to 25 employees and is operating in countries throughout the world to deliver clean drinking water for those in need.  Check out their website at to find out how you can help.  Water Missions will be located in Suite 300 of 7 Storehouse Row while their permanent space is under rehab.


Earth Day Festival, Arts Festival, Charity Events and More

March 27, 2012

Spring is upon us and the season for events and festivals is kicking into high gear.  Here’s the low down for some of the upcoming festivities that can be found at the Navy Yard:

Ashley River Creative Arts Elementary “That 70’s Auction”

What: The PTA will be hosting this Annual Auction Fundraising Event.  There will be food, open bar, music and some wonderful live and silent auction items. This event is very important to raise money for the Arts in the Basic Curriculum Grant. This grant funds their Artists in Residence program and supports additional Ballet Hours. Without this grant they would not be able to offer these great programs that are vital to the children as a Creative Arts Magnet School.
When: Saturday March 31st, 7pm-10pm
Where: 10 Storehouse Row, 2120 Noisette Blvd, N. Charleston
More info:

13th Annual Charleston County Earth Day Festival

What: Family Fun, educational events, live music, speakers and more!
When: Saturday April 14th, 11am-5pm
Where: Riverfront Park, North Charleston
More info:

Stand Against Racism Potluck Luncheon

What: Lunch event to unite as one community in order to celebrate diversity, raise awareness that racism and injustice still exist, and silence the voices of those who promote hate.
When: Friday April 27, 2012 – 11:30 am – 1:30 pm
Where: 10 Storehouse Row, 2120 Noisette Blvd, N. Charleston
More info: Contact Parents Anonymous – Shakima Crooks at 843.747.0480 or

North Charleston Arts Festival

What: The fabulous nine-day celebration of the arts is one of the most comprehensive arts festivals in the Lowcountry, providing over 30,000 residents & visitors with a fabulous array of performances, exhibitions, and activities.
When: May 4-12
Where: Various locations around town including 10 Storehouse Row and Riverfront Park at the Navy Yard at Noisette
More info:

Gimme Shelter – Benefit for Operation Home

What: Operation Home announces the 2nd Annual Gimme Shelter presented by Home Team BBQ. The Big Easy comes to the Lowcountry with lively entertainment, funky music and a taste of New Orleans.  This annual event has become a yearly highlight for Operation Home, and serves as the group’s major source of funding each year. Through generous donations from business owners and individuals throughout the Lowcountry, Operation Home will use the money raised to support their critical home repair program, which is on track to serve 60 families in 2012.
When: Saturday May 12, 6pm-11:30pm
Where: 10 Storehouse Row, 2120 Noisette Blvd, N. Charleston
More info:


New Additions to 10 Storehouse Row

February 22, 2012

We’d like to welcome Operation Home and Just Kenzie Jewelry to the Navy Yard at Noisette. They join a diverse group of organizations located at 10 Storehouse Row.  10 Storehouse was built 1939 and rehabilitated in 2006 to LEED standards.  At appx 38,400 sq ft and listed on the National Register of Historic Places, it was the 2008 SC Historic Preservation Award Winner.  The building features an event space, restaurant, professional office space & artists studios.  The diversity of organizations that call the building home reflect the larger diversity of the Navy Yard at Noisette where 85+ businesses and 2,500+ employees call home.

Operation Home is a nonprofit whose mission is to help people remain in their homes by increasing safety and accessibility through the coordination of critical home repairs for low-income residents of Berkeley, Charleston, and Dorchester Counties. Operation Home receives referrals from a wide network of providers, including home health agencies, utility companies, churches, schools, disability service centers, and many other social service agencies.  Their work focuses on the people who need it the most: households that contain children, a person with a disability, or an older adult. Operation Home is committed to ensuring that no person has to live in a home that is inaccessible or unsafe.  We are proud Operation Home has decided to join the Navy Yard at Noisette and we look forward to watching them grow and help others.

Just Kenzie Jewelry is a creative artist that specializes in jewelry making.  Earrings, necklaces and more make up her product line.  Special efforts are made to use recycled materials for the jewelry.  Previously located in Asheville, NC Just Kenzie  moved her headquarters to the North Charleston and we are glad they are calling the Navy Yard at Noisette home.

Drop by to visit Operation Home and just Kenzie Jewelry at 10 Storehouse Row or make a special effort to join us today at the Merge Happy Hour Oyster Roast.  Operation Home will be joining Lowcountry Orphan Relief and Lowcountry Housing Trust as we turn the spotlight to the blossoming nonprofit cluster of groups located at the Navy Yard.  Merge Happy Hour is a free networking social for the local business community.  For more info contact


Spotlight on Preservation

February 1, 2012

Join the Preservation Society of Charleston Saturday February 4, 2012 2pm – 5pm for a membership oyster roast.  The roast will be held on the lawn of Historic Quarters H&I.  Quarters H&I is located inside the Officer’s Housing Historic District, a nationally registered historic district at the Navy Yard at Noisette.  You may recognize the building from episodes of the popular tv show “Army Wives“.  Quarters H&I is also commonly referred to as the Bachelor’s Officers Quarters referencing part of its former life hosting Navy officer bachelors during the active years of the Charleston Naval Base.  The building overlooks the entrance to Riverfront Park and sits on a beautifully landscaped parcel part of the larger Chicora Gardens area.

Quarters H & I

The Oyster Roast hopes to bring awareness to the preservation needs of Quarters A, located nearby.  Quarters A, also referred to as the Admirals House  was identified as a “Seven to Save Site” by the Preservation Society.  Built in 1905 as the Commandant’s House, Quarters A has stood vacant since the Navy Base closure in 1996.  The building is in need of major repairs to return it to its former glory.  The building is owned by South Carolina Public Railways, a division of the South Carolina Department of Commerce.

Quarters A

Around the corner from Quarters A, is Quarters C.  A historic rehab is under way on Quarters C by SC STRONG.  To find out more about this project, visit here.

Quarters C

This weekend’s preservation event allows us a minute to reflect on the other notable preservation accomplishments found at the Navy Yard at Noisette.  The Noisette Master Plan set forth a vision to preserve and honor the unique character of the community.  One of the most important parts to come out of the Noisette Master Planning process was the idea of creating a socially durable community. The Navy Yard is rich in history and is proud to help contribute to the character of the larger community and the concept of socially durable communities.  From the Noisette Master Plan:

Socially Durable Communities:

We recognize that socially durable communities have two core elements that are essential to their long-term social and fiscal health:

* Each member of the community understands the UNIQUE HISTORY and HERITAGE of their social community and physical place.

* Each member of the community holds in common a vision for the future to which they help contribute.

The Navy Yard at Noisette has 3 distinct Historic Districts listed on the National Register of Historic Places:  The Officer’s Housing Historic District, The Naval Hospital Historic District, and The Naval Shipyard Historic District.  Inside each unique district, there  are buildings individually registered on the national register.  Below is a sampling of some of the buildings.

7 Storehouse Row

Old Naval Post Office - Now WPC Engineering

10 Storehouse Row

Lowcountry Innovation Center

Coleman Snow Headquarters

Power House

Opportunities to purchase select historic properties at the Navy Yard at Noisette can be found here


Spotlight on 7 Storehouse Row

January 9, 2012

Reusing existing buildings is one of the ultimate forms of recycling.  As part of the original Charleston Naval Base, Building 7 was built in 1905 as a storehouse.  Today, 7 Storehouse Row is used for professional office space and home to a variety of growing businesses.  The unique character and historical nature of the building can be seen throughout all three floors and 33,000 sq ft of flexible office space.  The building is listed on the National Register of Historic Places and is located inside the Naval Shipyard Historic District.  Reuse not only preserves our visual ties to the area’s heritage, it eliminates the need for complete demolition which sends large quantities of material to the landfill and consumes building materials for new construction.

7 Storehouse Row represents our vision of an office for the 21st Century – one that is healthy, inspiring, productive, flexible and sustainable.  The sustainable features of the building enhance comfort, health, efficiency and durability.  The building boasts the 1st LEED Commercial Interior certified project in South Carolina.

Currently, there are opportunities for leasing space at 7 Storehouse Row.  Please reference the below images or contact Andy Parker at or 843-724-0108

Learn more about the area by viewing this video.


Charleston Marathon Approaches

December 7, 2011

It’s almost time for the 3rd annual Charleston Marathon.  Just like the past two years, there will be events starting and ending here at the Navy Yard, and also using streets throughout Charleston and North Charleston between 8am and 2pm on Saturday, January 14th 2012.  In general, access around the Navy Yard and surrounding areas will be complicated on the morning of the race.  The details are the same this year as they were last year.

The best point of access for the middle and southern end of the base will be on Viaduct Avenue.  City of North Charleston Police will be on hand to help direct traffic while the race takes place. If needed, the big parking lots in the McMillan Avenue area are available for parking.   Based on experience from past years, plan to avoid entering the Navy Yard from Virginia Avenue on the morning of the race since the 5K, half marathon and full marathon all utilize this area at different times.

The marathon is the only race that will adversely affect Hobson Avenue (south of McMillan) and Bainbridge Avenue.  The leaders of the marathon will begin arriving to that part of the course around 10am.  The end of the pack will come through around 2pm, with the bulk of the runners entering Hobson around 11am – 12pm

A map of the course is available at

Spotlight on the West Yard – Opportunity to Purchase Historic Structures

November 4, 2011

The West Yard at the Navy Yard at Noisette continues to grow and plans for additional development are in the pipeline.  Currently there are opportunities to purchase several historic buildings and you too can join in on all the action.  If you value historic preservation, sustainable development, and want to be part of a thriving business district, this could be the place for you.   The West Yard makes up a large portion of the Naval Hospital Historic District which is listed on the National Register of Historic Places.  Three historic buildings that served as medical officers quarters in support of the Naval Hospital are for sale.  They can be used for live/work space, residential or commercial.  Utilization of historic tax credits provide attractive incentives.  Contact Jeff Baxter w/ questions at 843-554-2267

The West Yard at the Navy Yard at Noisette

A diversity of spaces can be found at the West Yard.  From residential to commercial, the zoning allows for mixed-use and is governed by a Community Association.  The recent opening of West Yard Lofts brought new residential space to the area.  The Lowcountry Innovation Center boasts a variety of knowledge-based companies thriving in a variety of spaces designed to allow for expansion or contraction.  The most recent addition to the West Yard is Callie’s Biscuits.  Their purchase of Historic Quarters 761 earlier this year provided additional space for their growing business.

The list of nearby organizations continues:

  • Chembion Environmental – A Roaring 20 Company – One of the fastest growing companies in the Charleston region for 2010 by the Charleston Regional Business Journal.
  • Green Roof Outfitters – Making waves around the country with their innovative green roof technology
  • Coleman Snow Headquarters –  A LEED Silver intent 16,000 sf rehabilitation of a historic 1944 Naval building
  • Palmetto Scholars Academy – The first Gifted and Talented Charter School in South Carolina
  • Parham and Co. – Historic Quarters 760, built in 1917, served as medical officers quarters for the Navy for most of its life.  Now it is beginning a new life as another home for Parham and Company
  • Carl Garris and Son – General Contracting, drywall services and more
  • CMCI – America’s leading manufacturer of intermodal, modular intermodal, and specialty container systems
  • Celadon – Twice a week, their warehouse opens for spectacular savings on a variety of home furnishings
  • SPAWAR – Space and Naval Warfare Systems Command facility
  • Lots more around the block on Storehouse Row!
Properties For Sale
  • Quarters 758 – 3,900 s.f., 0.325 acre lot, $165,000

Quarters 758

  • Quarters 762 – 2,250 s.f., 0.22 acre lot, $110,000

Quarters 762

  • Quarters 763 – 2,250 s.f., 0.21 acre lot, $110,000


Callie’s Biscuits Joins the Navy Yard

September 13, 2011

The Navy Yard at Noisette is proud to welcome Callie’s Biscuits (Callie’s) as the newest “Yarder.”  Callie’s recently purchased Quarters 761, located inside the Navy Yard’s Naval Hospital Historic District which is listed on the National Register of Historic Places.  Quarters 761, built in 1917, served as a medical officers quarters for the Navy for most of its life.

Quarters 761

Callie’s has received national attention for their multiple varieties of biscuits.  They are an award-winning food business that specializes in local, hand-made Southern-style biscuits.  Recognized by outlets such as the NBC Today Show, the Food Network’s show “Unwrapped”, Martha Stewart’s “Dreamers into Doers”, Coastal Living magazine, and one of Modern Bride magazine’s top 25 trendsetters.  In other words, Callie’s Biscuits Rocks!

Prompted by a need for more space, Callie’s is moving their headquarters from a downtown Charleston location to the Navy Yard and plans on opening in October of this year.  Minor renovations are currently taking place.  At first the operations will include production and office space for the business.  Owner Carrie Morey hopes to include a retail space at the building to cope with the increased demand the national attention and word of mouth referrals have created.  We’re proud Callie’s has decided to call the Navy Yard at Noisette home.  Welcome!

navy yard callie's map

In other Navy Yard at Noisette News:

      • Check out our Interactive Navy Yard Development Portfolio.  Do it.  Now.
      • Looking for office space? Space at the Navy Yard becoming available October 1st. For more info call Jeff Baxter at 554-2267.—Two small office suites available at Historic 7 Storehouse Row, 1,510 s.f. & 960 s.f. Competitive Full-Service Rates (1360 truxtun Ave, N Charleston)—&—10 Storehouse Row Studio office 330 s.f. available Oct 1. Perfect for small business, artist or artisan. Join a diverse mix of businesses, designers and artists. (2120 Noisette Blvd, N Charleston SC)
      • Congrats to CMCI for their recent $12.4 million contract with the Army!
      • Congrats to Palmetto Scholars Academy(PSA) on meeting 9 out of 9 objectives for AYP and AYP Overall from the PASS test scores!  It’s incredible that this was achieved in their first year of existence and with the lowest public school funding in the Country.  PSA is the State’s First Gifted and Talented Charter School and these results show that PSA can and will be a national model for how the business community, higher education, the arts, educators and parents can work together to establish gifted and talented schools for academically gifted children.  Congrats and keep up the great work!
      • Lowcountry Orphan Relief (LOR) hopes to break ground later this year on a new 4,000 s.f. distribution center to support their current operations at the Yard.  Also, mark your calendars for Oct 8th for “Make a Child Happy Day”, a carnival for children in foster care and group homes, hosted at their headquarters at the Yard.  Volunteers needed!  Keep up on all the latest LOR news here.
      • Green Roof Outfitters installed the first municipal green roof in SC. Cool stuff!  Read about it here.
      • Mark your calendars for upcoming Merge Happy Hours at 10 Storehouse Row.  Oct 20 and Nov 10 are sure to be a good time!  Stay tuned for details.
    • Please contact Geoffrey Reid at with comments or questions.


Ikhana Sets up Roots at Navy Yard, Continues to Grow

June 20, 2011

Ikhana Intelligent Design & Construction, located at 10 Storehouse Row at the Navy Yard at Noisette is a design-build construction and engineering company that is quickly becoming recognized as an industry leader. I recently had a chance to sit down and talk with their management team and the future looks bright for Ikhana.  We are pleased they have decided to call the Navy Yard home.

Ikhana employs a top-notch team of industry professionals spanning the areas of construction/project management, engineering, design, architecture, and related consulting services. Current and recent projects include mainly federal related complexes but additional work in the environmental services/remediation and historical structures fields will ensure a wider diversity of services for their clients.  A sample of previous clients include the Air National Guard, US Army Corps of Engineers, the US Air Force, the US Army, and the US Marine Corps at locations all over the Southeastern United States and beyond.  Their focus on Whole Building Design through integrated design approach and an integrated team process is a deviation from the typical planning and design process, further separating them from their competition.

Ikhana moved its headquarters to the Navy Yard in early 2011 as the firm saw its employee count jump from 3 to 12 over the last several years. The company is poised to expand and grow its team once again as the business environment continues to improve. Expansion will initially continue to take place here at the Navy Yard but long-term plans call for opening multiple satellite offices.  Robert Pickard, Director of Business Development for Ikhana points to the growing business district presence at the Navy Yard, particularly in the architecture, engineering and construction fields as a factor in locating and growing their business at the Navy Yard at Noisette. The unique arts and creative culture found at the “Yard” and specifically at 10 Storehouse Row “lends itself to creative thinking and working,” Pickard stated.  Pickard also points to the wide variety of artists, marketing firms, digital/graphic design companies, and architecture firms located in the same historic yet modern office building as their headquarters that help to create a special work environment.  The Navy Yard at Noisette is proud to associate itself with Ikhana and we look forward to watching their continued success.

For more info on Ikhana, please visit their website or call them at 843.566.7800.