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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.

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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.

About 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

http://www.biohabitats.com/BiohabitatsAndNSI/BiohabitatsAndNSI.pdf

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: westyardlofts@mylpmc.biz 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:

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

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

Government/Defense
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

Marketing/Design/Apparel
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

Residential
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
Biohabitats
Clemson Restoration Institute

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

Technology/Consulting
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.

Food/Beverage
Runaway Bay
Anna Bell’s
Coast Microbrewery

Schools
Palmetto Scholars Academy

Miscellaneous
Touchstone / Army Wives
CMMC

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Happy Holidays!

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

December 16, 2010

STEADY PROGRESS

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 www.navyyardsc.com or contact us at info@noisettesc.com.

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