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News from the “Yard” for May 2011

May 11, 2011
  • The Dubplates are performing this Friday night at Runaway Bay at Riverfront Park – This Friday the 13th, from 7:30pm – 11pm,  The Dubplates are playing out on the Restaurant Patio at Runaway Bay.  Call 843-793-4010 for details.
  •  Merge Happy Hour to benefit Palmetto Scholars Academy is Wednesday May 18th 5pm-7pm at 10 Storehouse Row – Free drinks, bbq, networking and the Folly Brach Bluegrass Society Band will converge next week to help raise money for Palmetto Scholars Academy (PSA).  PSA is the lowest funded public school in the nation and is the State’s first gifted and talented charter school and they need our help!  Help us raise $20k and be a part of hitting the goal for the current school year.  Merge is a free event but we suggest an optional donation at the door to directly benefit PSA.  Merge is a networking series that takes place in the heart of North Charleston at the Navy Yard.  With an emphasis on connecting local  businesses to one another in a casual environment, each month we seek to raise awareness and money for a local nonprofit or cause.  go to or facebook event page for more info.
  • PeopleMatter Featured in the Charleston Regional Business Journal – Our favorite software company continues to make headlines.  Read the article and check out what PeopleMatter is all about here.

  • Parents Anonymous(r) of South Carolina, Inc Executive Director to give Keynote Speech at Citizens Review Panel National Conference – Troy Strother, Executive Director of Parents Anonymous of South Carolina to give keynote speech at the Citizens Review Panel National Conference to be held in Charleston, SC May 17- 20 at the Charleston Marriott on Lockwood.  The theme of the conference is A Force For Change.  Mr. Strother will speak about Parents Anonymous(r) as a force for change to prevent child abuse and neglect.  Parents Anonymous(r) of South Carolina is also hosting a welcome reception to kick off the National Citizens Review Panel Conference on Tuesday, May 17th at 7 pm.  Attendees from across the country will be in Charleston for this week long conference.  Congrats Troy!
  • Lowcountry Orphan Relief Needs Volunteers – Lowcountry Orphan Relief (LOR) is gearing up for this year’s Children’s Events and need lots of enthusiastic volunteers to help out!  Beach Day at Folly Beach is on August 20th (Set up at 9am and finish by 3pm) and Make A Child Happy Day Carnival (at LOR) is October 8th (Set up at 9am and finish by 4pm).  If you’re interested in this fun opportunity, please email MaryCourtney Brooks
  • The Navy Yard and the greater Noisette Community are hosting various Charleston Pride Festival events this weekend – Charleston Pride Festival was founded to reach out to all Charleston communities to promote equal rights of our citizens and serve as a catalyst for change in our LGBT communities.  For more info, visit
  • Kulture Klash video – In case you missed the latest Kulture Klash event at 10 Storehouse Row, watch this video here



The Navy Yard and the Arts

May 5, 2011

A key to the success of the Navy Yard community lies in promotion of the arts, performance centers and a lively appreciation for history.  These elements add richness and fun to the “Yard” experience, and they attract people with the kind of values and perspective needed to sharpen the project’s creative edge.

The Navy Yard is a place that is alive with creativity and attracts all levels of artists.  Just ask any of the 85+ businesses already here.  Clusters of artists, eco-businesses, building/planning types, nonprofits, and digital design firms enjoy a culture built around creativity, diversity and accessibility.

Art can be found everywhere at the Yard.  The architecture art is what usually grabs everyone’s attention first.  Although sustainability is a guiding standard for construction quality, innovation is the standard for design.  Beyond preservation of historic structures, there are few constraints to architecture.  The Yard is becoming the Lowcountry’s portal to 21st century designs, bringing a world of fresh ideas to residential, commercial, and civic building.  Modern structures are making great neighbors with renovated historic naval buildings all designed to enhance and inspire the lives of those that call them home.

When at the Navy Yard, you experience art in every building and landscape you encounter.  Galleries, art festivals, artists’ studios, performance centers, historic memorials to name a few art examples have integrated the Yard to make it a normal part of your everyday experience.  A stroll around Riverfront Park alone, provides ample exposure to the arts through outdoor art competitions, multiple large-scale festivals, Naval Base memorials, and flurishing restaurants.  The park regularly attracts those looking to paint, draw, photograph or simply relax and enjoy the views.  Driving through the Navy Yard, outdoor art is located in street mediums, on building walls, and adjacent to many buildings having their own unique public display of art. Walking through the various buildings which employ over 2,000+ people, you will see works of art on display from some of the most talented local artists, which takes on many forms and provides much inspiration.

The Yard is proud to host annual events such as Kulture Klash, parts of the North Charleston Arts Festival, a wide variety of concerts,and numerous other art related events that attract thousands of attendees each year.  The Yard is also very proud to be a part of the larger 3,000 acre Noisette Community which boasts many more arts related accomplishments that have been carefully woven into the fabric of all that live, work, or play here.

Sample of Current Art at the Base as of the date this post was written (May 2011) includes:

Flavor Cutz – Works by Conrad Guevara

View colorful, innovative paintings and sculptural objects achieved through experimentation with nontraditional materials.  Found objects, card stock, yarn, and other disposable products are cut and reconfigured to take on the quality of moving paint.
Free Admission/ Free Parking
10 Storehouse Row, 2120 Noisette Boulevard, North Charleston
On view: April 29 – May 6, Mon.-Fri. 9:00am-6:00pm

2011 North Charleston Arts Festival:
The City of North Charleston Cultural Arts Department proudly presents the 2011 North Charleston Arts Festival. This annual nine-day event highlights national, regional, and local artists and performers in the areas of dance, theater, music, film media, and visual & literary arts, and draws over 30,000 visitors annually.   The Main Event, held Saturday, April 30, and Sunday, May 1, at the North Charleston Performing Arts Center and Charleston Area Convention Center, offers free admission and parking to over 40 performances on four themed stages; Cultural Heritage, Youth Entertainment, Bands, and General Audience.  Other Main Event activities include judged art and photography shows, the SC Palmetto Hands Juried Fine Craft Exhibit, a gem & mineral show, an antique show, children’s activities, arts & Crafts vendors, and more.  Other inspiring events take place at various locations in North Charleston throughout the Festival Week. An array of free and ticketed events include street dances, concerts, theater presentations, film screenings, an Art Walk, children’s activities, workshops and demonstrations, a National Outdoor Sculpture Competition and Exhibition, and much more. The festival concludes with the Grand Finale at North Charleston Riverfront Park featuring performances, children’s activities, and fireworks over the Cooper River.  Visit the City’s website at for a listing of events and programs planned for the Arts Festival.
Free & ticketed events
Various locations throughout North Charleston
April 29 – May 7, 2011

West Yard Lofts is 100% Leased

March 31, 2011

West Yard Lofts

West Yard Lofts is a big hit for the Navy Yard at Noisette.  The first multi-family residential project at the Navy Yard is full and it filled up in record time.  Construction for the 4-story, 60 unit apartment building located off Noisette Blvd wrapped up in January of this year and initial demand has exceeded expectations.  The first residents moved in on January 18th.  March 23rd saw the final lease signed and shows that demand for more housing is evident.

For those wishing to live at West Yard Lofts, you will have to sign up for their waiting list which is growing as we speak.  The residents that jumped on this opportunity right away are excited about the opportunity to live in the vibrant Navy Yard and the larger Noisette Community.  Residents span the spectrum of backgrounds and reflect the overall diversity of the area.  Already residents have joined together to start planning for social activities.  About 140 people live at West Yard Lofts in a combination of one, two or three bedroom apartment units.

We are very proud and excited for the success of the West Yard Lofts and would like to thank everyone involved for making it such a success!

For more information on West Yard Lofts, please call 843-793-3144 or email them at

Merge Oyster Roast Happy Hour at Navy Yard Reviewed

March 18, 2011

Merge Oyster Roast Happy Hour

This past Wednesday, 10 Storehouse Row at the Navy Yard at Noisette welcomed 100+ people from around the North Charleston business community as they came together for a continuing business networking series called “Merge”.

The event was co-sponsored by the Navy Yard at Noisette Business District Association and several other local businesses.  Co-sponsors included All Occasions, Anna Bells Kitchen, Biohabitats and Social Monkey Group.  Special thanks to all the sponsors!

Merge is a networking series that takes place in the heart of North Charleston. With an emphasis on connecting local businesses to one another, guest sponsors have the opportunity to showcase their business or cause and exchange ideas and contacts in a casual environment.  This month’s event saw special awareness to the works of Biohabitats.  Biohabitats is the nation’s leading ecological restoration, conservation planning and regenerative design firm.  The coastal marshes, islands and rivers of the Charleston region are a natural resource that will benefit from Biohabitats having recently opened an office at the Navy Yard.  A traditional lowcountry oyster roast seemed fitting and education pertaining to preserving these areas was presented during the event.

The event allowed attendees to enjoy appetizers, oysters and beverages as they mingled and networked outside on another beautiful spring day.  The diversity of the industries represented at this event exhibits the thriving business and dynamic nonprofit culture that is located in and around the Noisette community.  We are so proud to be a part of all the progress and national recognition the community has received and we look forward to the continued success.  The Navy Yard at Noisette alone is home to 80+ businesses with over 2,000 employees calling the “Yard” home.  It is evident there is a shared sense of pride and vision for the area. The Noisette Master Plan shows and states that key to economic revitalization is everyone having a shared vision.  As this shared vision continues to grow, the Noisette Community let’s the world know it is a vibrant, healthy city embracing its heritage and celebrating its role as community, ecosystem, and market place.

10 Storehouse Row, also referred to as the Urban Clubhouse of the Navy Yard is home to many unique events during the course of the year and we are proud to have partnered with the new Merge Networking series.    With the success of the previous Oyster roast Happy hour Event, more events are being planned.  If you are interested in getting involved or have the “urge to merge” please contact Geoffrey Reid at

Historic Quarters 760 Restoration Well Under Way

March 2, 2011

Exciting progress is taking place at Quarters 760 at the Navy Yard.  Quarters 760, built in 1917, served as medical officers quarters for the Navy for most of its life.  The building is now an official historic structure zoned for mix-use.  The property is located in the nationally designated Naval Hospital Historic District .

Elevation Rendering of Quarters 760 - circa 1937 (Built in 1917)

Renovations are underway to revitalize and bring this historic structure back to life.  The intention is to use the building as a showroom for furniture and art.  Parham and Company (Parham) purchased the property, located in the West Yard District of the Navy Yard at Noisette, in late 2010.  Parham currently has a location in downtown Charleston specializing in the antique business.  Their experience and dedication to restoring historic pieces of furniture shows as the progress of Quarters 760 moves forward, leaving no detail left behind.

Completion is scheduled for summer of 2011 and before it’s all over, 760 will have a new roof, all new mechanical systems, minor exterior replacements of wood detail, new paint, and a renewed sense of pride!  We look forward to watching the process progress and are pleased that another historic structure is being preserved and restored.

Quarters 760 location at the West Yard area of the Navy Yard at Noisette

Qtrs 760 - Walking in the front door, exisitng hardwood floors are in great shape and focal point is brick fireplace at the end of the room.

Qtrs 760 - Exterior work is well under way

Qtrs 760 - A new roof recently was installed and matches the original detail

Qtrs 760 - View looking towards the front of the building

Qtrs 760 - Spacious porches wrap around three sides of the building

In other Navy Yard News:

  • The latest issue of Coastal Heritage Magazine shows the mural of Noisette Creek in production by students at the School of the Arts. The mural can now be viewed at the Navy Yard at Building 25 off of N. Hobson Avenue. The Ashley-Cooper Stormwater Education Consortium and the Navy Yard’s very own Michaux Conservancy commissioned the mural. The Navy Yard is proud to be associated with these great groups!  check out page 11 here
  • This past weekend saw the second installment of Brewvival at the Navy Yard.  The Navy Yard is home to many unique events and Brewvival is one of our favorites.  Check out a great photo essay about the event here.
  • Oyster Roast Happy Hour planned for March 16, 2011 at 10 Storehouse Row.  Be there!  For more info go here.


Historic Officers Quarters C Restoration in Progress

February 4, 2011

Historic Rehab of Quarters C Begins

In between the mature oak trees and peaceful landscape of Chicora Gardens at the Navy Yard at Noisette, a historic building is being brought back to life by SC STRONG.  “Quarters C” as the building is commonly referred to was originally built in 1906 with additions in 1910.  This was one of the early buildings at the Greater Charleston Naval Base and was primarily used as a home for the base commander.  The building is in the Officer’s Housing Historic District which is listed on the national register.  Over 100 years old, the building has been ready for an overhaul for quite some time.  Finding the right recipe to fund restoration and establish its new purpose has been guided by the success of SC STRONG.


SC STRONG is a nonprofit replicated after the Delancey Street Foundation headquartered in San Francisco.  Delancey Street is considered one of the nation’s leading self-help residential education centers for ex-convicts and former substance abusers.  SC STRONG is a peer-driven model in which the philosophy of “each one, teach one” provides residents with the opportunity to maximize their ability to make a successful transition into society. Prior to graduation, residents earn at least a GED (in collaboration with Trident Literacy) and three marketable skills at no cost to them.  The Noisette Company worked to provide space at the Navy Yard to the organization and their doors opened in 2006.  This space is on property adjacent to Quarters C.  SC STRONG will move into Quarters C once they finish the necessary restoration work.  This addition of new space will provide SC STRONG the ability to turn coed and will increase their enrollment from 28 people to 65.  Once complete, a mix of classrooms, meeting spaces and residential components will fill the building to meet their growing needs.

The construction work began several months ago and is expected to take somewhere under two total years until completion.  The majority of the work is being performed by the SC STRONG organization as many of their members have been trained on the skills necessary for historical restoration.  Chembion Environmental LLC, a Navy Yard tenant conducted the lead based paint stabilization and provided training to SC STRONG.  Funding comes from a diverse group of sources that include city, county, and private funds.

Tying it All Together

The restoration of Quarters C and the success of the SC STRONG organization points to a larger story of community revitalization put forth by the Noisette Master Plan.  In particular SC STRONG’s efforts tie together concepts of “Socially Durable Communities,” “Economic Revitalization,” and “Historic Restoration.”  Local businesses have utilized SC STRONG for a range of services including construction, catering, landscaping, and furniture restoration, generating income that supports their activities.  We look forward to the continued success of SC STRONG.

In other Navy Yard News:

The Navy Yard Welcomes Biohabitats

January 31, 2011

Noisette Creek Preserve

The coastal marshes, barrier islands, winding rivers and long leaf pine forests are just a few of the ecosystems that surround us here in Charleston. These natural resources are not just part of our area’s beauty; they are part of what keeps us alive.

Good thing Biohabitats, the nation’s leading ecological restoration, conservation planning and regenerative design firm, just opened up an office here at the Navy Yard! Since opening its doors in 1982, Biohabitats has been conserving biodiversity, restoring ecosystems and reconnecting people to the land throughout North America.

Unlike traditional engineering firms that claim to “do environmental work,” Biohabitats’ entire business is dedicated to its mission to “restore the earth and inspire ecological stewardship.”

Whether Biohabitats’ scientists, engineers, planners, and landscape architects are transforming an outdated stormwater management pond into a fully functioning natural wetland, helping a university plan for growth while enhancing the natural resources of its campus, collaborating with elders to restore rivers on tribal land; or regenerating beauty, vitality and ecological function along an urban waterfront, the solutions they create are based on an understanding that people, nature, commerce and culture are all inextricably linked. Biohabitats recognizes that nature is a dynamic force that affects people as much as it is influenced by their actions. That is why the firm approaches every project with the understanding that outcomes, such as a restored marsh or a sustainable master plan, are most powerful when they support whole, living systems that lead to ecological, cultural and economic benefits.

Biohabitats’ diverse clients range from government agencies and university campuses to land developers practicing sustainability and Native American tribes. What they all have in common is a desire to employ cutting edge green infrastructure and design.

Even the firm’s corporate structure is designed by nature. The new Low Country office, along with an office in Raleigh, NC, serves clients in the Southeast Bioregion, which spans both the Piedmont and Coastal Plain physiographic regions of the southeast U.S. Biohabitats’ other offices can be found in the Chesapeake/Delaware Bays Bioregion in Baltimore, Maryland; the Ohio River Bioregion in Louisville, Kentucky; the Great Lakes Bioregion in Cleveland, Ohio; the Southeast Bioregion in Raleigh, North Carolina; the Hudson River Bioregion in Glen Ridge, New Jersey and the Southern Rocky Mountain Bioregion in Denver, Colorado

Next time you are at the Navy Yard, stop by 10 Storehouse Row at 2120 Noisette Blvd., Suite 106B and say hello to Keith Bowers, president of this innovative firm. You can call Keith directly at 843.529.3235. An internationally respected landscape architect and restoration ecologist who recently represented the U.S. at the UN’s Conference of the Parties to the Convention on Biodiversity, he’s also a heck of a nice guy and a great neighbor!

Update Feb 16 2011

Biohabitats announces acquisition of Natural Systems International

West Yard Lofts Ready for Residents

January 13, 2011

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West Yard Lofts is a new four-story 60-unit residential development offering affordable housing and is located at the Navy Yard at Noisette.  The first new development of a building in nearly two decades at the Navy Yard is a critical residential component of the revitalization of the area complimenting the existing industrial and commercial aspects of the community.  With 80+ businesses and over 2,000+ jobs currently at the Navy Yard, West Yard Lofts is an attractive option for many looking to live closer to where they work.

Interest and sign ups for leases have been high and within weeks, the first residents will be moving in.  Applications for residents at West Yard Lofts are now being accepted.  Consideration for residency is income restricted and rents range appx from $450 for a one-bedroom unit to $550 for a two-bedroom and $650 for a three bedroom.

For more information on leasing opportunities:

  • email: or
  • phone: 843-793-3144

Navy Yard at Noisette Enters 2011

January 12, 2011

The Navy Yard at Noisette recently released its 2010 year in review (if you missed it, you can find it here) and is looking forward to 2011 and what it will bring. The journey began in 2001 with the launch of the Noisette Master Plan and materialized when land acquisition began in 2003. The Navy Yard is a thriving economic engine supporting the region that will continue to progress regardless of the outcome of the contested State Rail Plan.

Below are some responses to questions we have received.

Regarding the size of the Navy Yard at Noisette – The Navy Yard is still appx 340 acres per the Navy Yard at Noisette CC & R’s (Covenants Conditions and Restrictions). Any new owner inside the Navy Yard footprint has a responsibility to abide by the CC & R’s just like any other property owner at the Navy Yard. Currently, there are over 15 individual property owners inside the Navy Yard footprint. (It has never been the Noisette Company’s intention to own all or retain control of all the land)

Regarding the Navy Yard at Noisette Community and Business District Association – The Navy Yard at Noisette Community and Business District Association oversees this footprint. It is still appx 340 acres. There is a Design Review Board similar to any neighborhood homeowners association, so any development must meet the standards outlined in these documents.

Regarding the Noisette Company’s land holdings – The total acreage that the Noisette Company or subsidiary companies owns has changed but it has been changing every year since the first phase of the property was transferred circa 2003. It’s never been the Noisette Company’s intention to own all the land. The goal was and still is to encourage additional outside development, ownership and investment keeping with the triple bottom line philosophy. In addition to property management and leasing activities of Noisette commercial properties at the Navy Yard, properties deemed ready for development are actively being marketed.

• Regarding questions of current activity at the Navy Yard at Noisette, please see the below list of current Navy Yard organizations:

Artistic Spirit Gallery
Studio Michael Gray
Craft Carpentry
Jim Schultz
Kelly Wenner Designs
Ole Charleston Forge
Ways of Wood

Carl Garris & Son, Inc.
Carolina Drywall
Live Oak Consultants
McMillan Pazdan Smith
Neal Brothers Charleston, Inc
Noisette Company
The Verdi Company
Wilbur Smith Associates
SCS Engineers
WPC Engineering
Coleman Snow Consultants
United Infrastructure Group
Cedrus Development
SGA Architecture
Khafra Engineering

BCD Council of Governments
Charleston Naval Complex Redevelopment Authority
DHEC-Environmental Quality Control
DHEC-Office of Coastal Resource Management
SAIC-Egan McAllister Associates
SPAWAR-Space and Naval Warfare Systems Command
Trident Area Agency on Aging

Source Substrates, LLC
Starsity Graphics
Social Monkey Group, LLC
IllFX Designs

Nonprofit Organizations and Associations
Charleston Trident Homebuilders Association, LLC
Lowcountry Housing Trust
Lowcountry Orphan Relief
Michaux Conservancy
Parents Anonymous
The Navy Yard at Noisette Community Association and Business District Association
The Noisette Foundation
Lowcountry Local First
Disabilities Board of Charleston County
Chesapeake Health Education Program
AmeriCorps VISTA

West Yard Lofts
Multiple private tenants

Restoration Economy
Chembion Environmental, LLC
Fisher Commercial Recycling Service
South Carolina S.T.R.O.N.G.
Southeast Biodiesel
Green Roof Outfitters
Clemson Restoration Institute

Baltimore Asset Management
Charleston Marine Containers Inc.
Intermodal Bridge Transport
Garden Zone, LLC
Campright Transport Services, Inc.
Parham and Company

People Matter
Lead Dog Properties
TeleConsultants, Inc.
Myconostica USA inc
Sentek Global inc
Restorative Physiology Group LLc
iDTx Systems
Averalink Information systems LLC
Deloitte LLP
MWC Training
Trinity Systems Engineering LLC
Advanced Core Technologies LLc
Miller Wilson Consulting
Atlas Executive Consulting LLC
DesignMill, Inc.

Runaway Bay
Anna Bell’s
Coast Microbrewery

Palmetto Scholars Academy

Touchstone / Army Wives


Happy Holidays!

December 21, 2010
May Peace and Joy be yours during this wonderful season and the coming New Year!
From the Navy Yard at Noisette Team
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