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Navy Yard at Noisette 2010 Year in Review

December 16, 2010


THE NAVY YARD AT NOISETTE – 2010 Year in Review

The Navy Yard at Noisette has ended the year strong, with several recent closings and other projects heading toward completion.

North Charleston, SC (December, 15 2010) In the past year, the Navy Yard at Noisette (NYN) has been alive with activity and continues to assertively push forward despite economic challenges.

  • NYN received LEED Neighborhood Development certification.  LEED for Neighborhood Development is a certification program developed by the US Green Building Council (USGBC) in collaboration with the Congress for New Urbanism and the Natural Resources Defense Council that integrates the principles of smart growth, new urbanism and green building into the first national system for neighborhood design.  The Navy Yard is the first LEED ND certified project in South Carolina.
  • The Charleston Naval Hospital Historic District was officially listed in the National Register of Historic Places.  The area consisting of the former Naval Hospital and supporting buildings is the third district at the Navy Yard at Noisette to receive this designation.  Previously, the Officer’s Housing Historic District and the Naval Shipyard Historic District were added to the register.
  • West Yard Lofts began and finished construction on a new residential project located off of Noisette Blvd.  The property was purchased and developed by Landmark Development out of Winston-Salem NC.  Approximately sixty apartments are included in the 4-story building with a mix of one, two and three bedroom units.  The first new residential development in decades at the Navy Yard is a modern, urban complex complimenting the existing architecture, culture and commercial uses of the area.
  • After purchasing historic Building NH-55, Coleman Snow Engineers, Inc. finished renovations to the historic 17,000 square foot building.  The project is pursuing LEED Silver certification. The building serves as the company’s new headquarters.
  • The sale of Building 780 to the Lowcountry Orphan Relief (LOR) was the first closing of 2010.  Serving the Tri-county area, LOR provides goods and services to children that have been removed from their homes due to neglect or abuse.
  • Panama N was purchased, rehabilitated and opened as an office headquarters for Live Oak Consultants.
  • Historic Quarters 759 was purchased by a private party in August and plans to restore the former officers quarters housing are under way.
  • After Purchasing Quarters K, bordering Riverfront Park, The Runaway Bay Restaurant renovated the historic building overlooking the Cooper River and provides North Charleston with its only waterfront dining experience.
  • Another restaurant, Anna Bell’s also opened business at 10 Storehouse Row.
  • South Carolina Electric & Gas is nearing completion of a new substation that will provide modern electric service to the Navy Yard.
  • Parham and Company purchased Quarters 760 located in the West Yard District of the Navy Yard.  Renovations are underway to revitalize this historic structure into a furniture and art showroom.
  • SC STRONG has begun renovation on Quarters C in the Historic Officers’ Housing District.
  • Palmetto Scholars Academy, South Carolina’s first Gifted and Talented Charter School opened in August.  The school is attended by close to 200 students.
  • Riverfront Park celebrated its 5-year anniversary and held multiple events drawing thousands of attendees.
  • Currently the NYN is 98% Leased. Many new companies have joined the community including Anna Bell’s, Ikhana, IllFx, Starsity Graphics, and Social Monkey Group.
  • The Lowcountry Innovation Center continues to grow as well, adding Cedrus Development, Atlas Executive Consulting, Averalink Information Systems and SGA Architecture among others.
  • NYN is proud to be a part of the larger 3,000 acre Noisette Community and City of North Charleston which in 2010 was recognized by the Home Depot Foundation as Winner of the Award of Excellence for Sustainable Community Development.  The city was also chosen to receive the Award for Municipal Excellence for Sustainable Urban Revitalization from the National League of Cities.
  • NYN was home to various events including; Kulture Klash VI, Merge, the City of North Charleston’s Culture Arts Festival Quilt & Fiber Exhibition, Riverfront Race Festival, Brewvival, and the Gay Pride Parade.  Many organizations held seminars, association meetings, and arts festivals throughout the year. Multiple conferences were held at and/or toured the Navy Yard in 2010 including the Balle Conference, Navigating Our Future, International Making Our Cities Livable Conference, Clemson Architecture, Savannah College of Art and Design and the Sustain SC Conference.

The Navy Yard at Noisette is a 340-acre, sustainable urban redevelopment that includes parts of the former Charleston Naval Base. For information on the Navy Yard, go to or contact us at



Historic Quarters 760 Purchased

November 29, 2010

We’d like to welcome Parham and Company (Parham) as the newest addition to the Navy Yard.   Parham purchased Quarters 760 located in the West Yard District of the Navy Yard at Noisette.  It is the second transaction in the nationally designated Naval Hospital Historic District in recent months.  It’s neighbor, Quarters 759 sold to a private owner in July/August.  The area has seen increased activity in the last year as a blend of office, academic, and residential organizations take root.

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

Quarters 760, built in 1917, served as medical officers quarters for the Navy for most of its life.  The building is an official historic structure zoned for mix-use.  Parham currently operates an antique store in Charleston on King Street.   Renovations are underway to revitalize and bring this historic structure back to life.  The intention is to use the building as showroom for furniture and art.  Stay tuned for more details as the revitalization of this building continues.  For specific information on properties, check here.

Navy Yard at Noisette Map as of 12/1/10

West Yard Lofts Nearing Completion

November 10, 2010

Steady progress is apparent at the West Yard Lofts project as the estimated completion date approaches.  The goal is to be available for residency by the end of December.  The exterior facade is wrapping up as the interior construction is being completed in stages starting at the ground floor and moving up.  Curb and sidewalk are in place and paving is starting today for the streets and parking surfaces.  Infrastructure connections are being completed and exterior site clean up will soon take place.

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.

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

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    Navy Yard’s Hospital District Receives National Historic Designation

    October 28, 2010

    VJ Day Celebration at the Navy Yard - 1945

    The Noisette Company is pleased to announce that the Charleston Naval Hospital Historic District is officially listed in the National Register of Historic Places.  The area consisting of the former Naval Hospital and surrounding buildings is the third area at the Navy Yard at Noisette to receive the designation.  Previously, the Officer’s Housing Historic District and the Naval Shipyard Historic District were added to the register.  Coleman Snow Consulting, who recently completed the rehabilitation of Building NH-55 located in the Hospital District, initiated and sponsored the nomination process.

    Authorized under the National Historic Preservation Act of 1966, the National Register of Historic Places is the official list of the Nation’s historic places worthy of preservation.  National Register Listing provides recognition by the Federal government that a historic property is significant to the Nation, State, or local community.  This recognition is important for increasing public awareness of the value of historic properties and will continue to spur preservation efforts at the Navy Yard.  Additionally, this listing honors and pays tribute to the military and civilian workers of the former Charleston Naval Complex.

    The Hospital District is one of the more picturesque areas of the Navy Yard. Many mature oak trees line the roadways and spacious lot parcels provide a unique feel to an area that borders a more industrial urban area.  The Hospital District provides an area where density levels will remain lower than adjacent districts, thereby complying with the master plan for the overall area. The North Charleston Noisette Community Master Plan stresses the importance of a mix of uses and density levels.  The plan also states the importance that each member of the community understands the unique history and heritage of their community.  The National Register listing will ensure the history of the military presence is not forgotten.   There are approximately 20 existing buildings of varying size which over the years have seen multiple uses but were primarily used for medical support services and medical officer’s housing.  Multiple historic buildings have already undergone rehabilitation and several more are pending.  (NH-55 as home of Coleman Snow, NH-68 as the Lowcountry Innovation Center)

    Navy Yard at Noisette Historic Districts Map

    The official designation also provides financial incentives for property owners who wish to purchase available buildings and rehabilitate them for either commercial or residential use.  The Hospital District (also known as the West Yard) has welcomed multiple such owners over the last year and recently placed another building under contract.  Additional opportunities are still available and information can be found here.  Building NH-45 was the primary hospital building located in the center of the district.  This building is configured with 8 buildings or wings connected together with a common hallway and a gracious courtyard in the center.  This building is approximately 150,000 s.f. and plans for its rehabilitation are currently in process.

    We are excited to be a part of this designation and recognize its great significance for the community, the City of North Charleston and the region.  Special thanks to Sidebottom Preservation and Coleman Snow Consulting for their help in the process.


    Noisette Company Leaders on the Speaker Circuit

    October 18, 2010

    Noisette Company Director of Development Jeff Baxter will be speaking this weekend at the 2010 AIA/SC Fall Conference in Hilton Head South Carolina.  Jeff will be speaking on the subject of LEED Neighborhood Development (ND).  LEED ND is the latest rating program launched by the United States Green Building Council (USGBC).  Jeff managed the LEED ND submittal process for the Navy Yard at Noisette.  The Navy Yard was one of approximately 240 pilot programs worldwide and one of two in the state of South Carolina.

    Noisette Company CEO John Knott recently returned from a speaking engagement, will be presenting locally this week and will be back out on the road for a third next week.

    John began the month at the Gaining Ground Summit in Vancouver Oct 4-7.  The 2010 Gaining Ground Summit is targeted to practitioners and advocates across a range of fields working to advance and accelerate urban sustainability—in Vancouver and North America.  John in his lecture entitled “Capital Master Planning for Sustainable Communities,” spoke about the Noisette Project.

    Charleston South Carolina is host this week to the International Making Cities Livable Conference.  From their website, “The conference will focus on how to create healthy communities, and how to improve children’s health and development by improving the built environment.”  John will discuss the overall master plan for the revitalization of the Noisette Community; the institutional framework, in which a series of non-profits were established to address the health of the economy, environment and social fabric of the community.  The presentation will be on Tuesday October 19th.

    The Portland Sustainability Institute is gearing up for its second annual EcoDistricts Summit on Oct 25-27 in Portland, Oregon.  It is shaping up to be an exciting three days of exploration, inquiry and dialogue about the future of neighborhoods.  John will be the keynote speaker and will explore the theme of sustainability at the district scale.

    Noisette Company CFO Jim Haley, will be speaking at a workshop for the Lowcountry Housing Trust on Friday October 22 in Charleston SC.  The workshop is in conjunction with SunTrust Community Capital.  The presentation discusses using New Market Tax Credits for financing projects.

    The New Markets Tax Credit (NMTC) Program spurs investment of private sector capital in distressed communities by providing a tax credit for taxpayers who make qualified equity investments in designated Community Development Entities (CDEs). To date, organizations awarded tax credits have raised $15.8 billion in equity investments, stimulating economic growth, supporting job creation, development of mixed use projects, and fostering small business growth in distressed communities across America


    Updates From the “Yard” for October 14 2010

    October 15, 2010

    Kulture Klash 6 Review

    The exterior of 10 Storehouse Row prior to Kulture Klash 6 kicked into high gear - Credit Jeff Baxter for the pic



    An appropriate amount of time has passed for Sir Geoffrey to share his review on Kulture Klash 6.  Here it is…  Overall, I would define the experience (and trust me, it was an experience being my first time) as pretty darn cool with a touch of awesomeness.  What a unique event!  I highly recommend you attend at least once.  The event has changed venues at the Navy Yard over the years but this year it returned to its roots at our urban clubhouse aka 10 Storehouse Row.

    First, I loved all the food and drink options.  As a frequent diner of Anna Bells restaurant, I was pleased to see them open their doors at 10 Storehouse Row for the event and it appeared from the crowd inside, everyone else was pleased also.  Taco Boy had their food truck parked on Noisette Blvd and who doesn’t love them some Taco Boy?  Sweeteeth was their to provide some good snack and desert options or you could head over to the good folks serving up New Belgium Brewery beers or the assorted wine list from Social Wine Bar.  Vitamin Water and Red Bull was readily available if nonalcoholic drinks were what you needed.

    The main draw has to be all the great art displayed.  More than 50 local and regional artists were on display.  The art was quite diverse and it was difficult for me to pick out a favorite.  Although I do not run in the arts circles here in Charleston, I feel my Introduction to Art Appreciation course I took in undergrad back in 1999 properly prepared me to…appreciate what was there 😉  During the night there was impromptu art going on everywhere.  Performance art could happen at anytime and the spontaneous breakdancing is always a crowd pleaser.  The silent disco pleasantly surprised me and while I was enjoying just people watching at first, New Belgium Brewery helped me to become one with the silent disco later in the night.    As the evening progressed, the arts exhibition vibe gave way to a party scene that was pulling you in different directions past the midnight hour.  All the events, artists, performances and the like were too much to list but check out the reviews and links at the Digitel site to see some great pics, videos and other…more professional reviews.  Good times and two thumbs up!   See you at Kulture Klash 7!

    Welcome Social Monkey Group to the Navy Yard!

    Social Monkey Group



    We are excited to welcome Social Monkey Group, LLC as the newest tenant at 10 Storehouse Row.  (We hear they’re doing some pretty cool things over there).  Social Monkey Group is a new and growing marketing firm that concentrates on new media and strategically growing your online presence.  They offer website design, logo design, graphic design, social media marketing services and event planning services that will compliment their 10 Storehouse Row Event Space Management responsibilities.  Check out their website or drop by to say hello.  Welcome to the Yard Social Monkey Group!

    Lowcountry Orphan Relief Annual “Make a Child Happy Day” is this Saturday

    Lowcountry Orphan Relief (LCOR) located at the Navy Yard hosts their annual event tomorrow.  From LCOR,  “Our annual Make a Child Happy Day Carnival, for children in foster care and group homes, is set for October 16 here at our Valerie Vincent Clothing Closet at the Navy Yard at Noisette in North Charleston.  We will have apple bobbing, jump castles, hayrides, pony rides and much, much more!!”  Check out their website for more details.

    Save Noisette Creek Mural Ready for it New Home

    From the Michaux Conservancy:

    “This highly collaborative mural project combines art, environmental education and community service to visually encourage public interest in protecting natural resources in general, and Noisette Creek in particular.  Noisette Creek runs through a 1,400-acre urban watershed that begins at Rivers Ave and flows east into the Cooper River at Riverfront Park.

    The Save Noisette Creek mural project was set in motion by an AmeriCorps*VISTA member serving with the Michaux Conservancy.  It was designed and painted by Charleston County School of the Arts students.  The Ashley Cooper Stormwater Education consortium and the City of North Charleston Cultural Arts Department provided the funding.  The mural was completed October 11, 2010.”

    For more information about the mural project and the Michaux Conservancy, please visit the following sites:

    The Return of Kulture Klash

    September 28, 2010

    Kulture Klash is back and will be held at 10 Storehouse Row at the Navy Yard at Noisette on Saturday October 9 2010.  For event and ticket information, please visit their website at

    For those that have attended this event in years past, no explanation is needed.  For those that are new to Kulture Klash, from their website “Kulture Klash is an arts festival… Our goal is to bring a new vision for local art, dance and music by combining traditional/conservative forms of display with more contemporary/modern designs to complete the thought of our theme “Kulture Klash”. We seek out the most interesting local and regional artists, mesmerizing dancers and body shaking musicians that we can find to bring something unexpected and unforgettable to the Holy City.

    Check out previous blog posts from years past.

    See you there!

    West Yard Lofts Update in Pictures for 9.24.10

    September 24, 2010

    Lots of activity at West Yard Lofts this week!  The exterior facade continues to wrap around and up the 4 story building located at the Navy Yard at Noisette.  I had a chance to tour the interior and you can really feel it all coming together.  There is a variety of floor plans for apartments and plenty of daylight into each unit.  Great views out the windows.  It’s looking great!  Stay tuned for some interior pics in the coming weeks.  You can also see the progress that is being made on the road which will lead to West Yard Lofts from Noisette Blvd.  Enjoy!


    For more information on leasing opportunities:


    • email: or
    • phone: 843-793-3144

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    Opportunity to Own Historic Naval Hospital District Buildings

    September 14, 2010

    Note – This post has been updated (11/4/11) Please click here to visit the updated post.

    Own a piece of history at the Navy Yard at Noisette! The attached flyers/pics are for buildings that originally served as officers’ quarters at the Navy Yard and are available for purchase.  Historic tax credits, a beautiful setting, and a key location make these buildings quite attractive.  Located off of Avenue H in the West Yard area of the Navy Yard at Noisette, these buildings neighbor the new Palmetto Scholars Academy, West Yard Lofts, the new headquarters of Coleman Snow Consultants, the Lowcountry Innovation Center and more.  These buildings can be utilized for residential and commercial or a combination of both.

    Yard Updates for September 2, 2010

    September 2, 2010

    News from Hurricane Geoffrey…

    Anna Bell’s is Here!

    Anna Bell’s restaurant inside 10 Storehouse Row is now open!  Tomorrow, Friday Sept the 3rd is the official opening run.  They will be open at 11:30 am for lunch.  If you can’t stop by tomorrow, next week starting Tuesday, they will be open for breakfast and lunch.  I had a chance to sample some items yesterday and am every excited about this and I know many of you “Yarders”are as well.  Welcome Anna Bell’s!

    PeopleMatter Launch

    If you’ve visited the Noisette Company office in the last year, you already know about PeopleMatter.  The Noisette office has the honor and privilege of sharing common space on the 2nd floor of Historic 7 Storehouse Row with PeopleMatter and we’ve been loving every minute of it.  Founded in September 2009, PeopleMatter’s success comes from developing an innovative strategic human resource software platform to help the service industry manage the process of sourcing, hiring, training, scheduling and retaining their most valuable asset: their people.  They’ve been growing and continue to revolutionize their industry and the status quo.  On September 14, their product launch and unveiling of PeopleMatter Hire will be an event you don’t want to miss.  You can attend online or in person at the Sottile Theatre in downtown Charleston.  You can find all of the event details and reserve your seat online at

    West Yard Lofts Update

    West Yard Lofts continues to progress.  The exterior facades are getting closer to completion as the interior work begins on the ground floor and works its way up.  Check out the pics!

    Lowcountry Orphan Relief

    From Lowcountry Orphan Relief:

    Our annual Make a Child Happy Day Carnival, for children in foster care and group homes, is set for October 16 here at our Valerie Vincent Clothing Closet at the Navy Yard at Noisette in North Charleston.  We will have apple bobbing, jump castles, hayrides, pony rides and much, much more!! Volunteers will start setting up at 9am and the kids arrive at noon.  They are fed lunch and then can attend the carnival until 3PM.  Volunteers are asked to stay until at least 4PM to clean up.  During the carnival, we hope to have each child, attended by a volunteer, to go through our closet and pick some items for them to take with them.

    If this sounds to you like a fun day with very cute children, then we need you!!  If you would like to work, please contact MaryCourtney Brooks at

    Everyone have a great Labor Day Weekend!