Waterfront development changing Charleston skyline

CHARLESTON, SC (WCSC) - Development is booming in the Charleston area.

25,000 more people are expected to move to downtown Charleston over the next 15 years.

Developers are now going after waterfront properties like at the intersection of Concord and Calhoun Streets near the aquarium.

That's where the city is building Gadsdenboro Park.

Many multimillion dollar projects will change the skyline.

"I usually come to the aquarium, usually find some place to eat downtown," said John Calhoun.

Charleston attracts people for many reasons.

"I like it, it's different from Cleveland where I'm from," said Noel Weber.

Monica Parker said, "Absolutely gorgeous, the architecture is amazing."

Real estate developer Harry Frampton is looking to add to the skyline people often times admire.

"People love the views, love to see the sunsets and sunrises," said Frampton.

Frampton has his eyes set on waterfront property.

Frampton said, "We want to be on the best sites."

His company, East West Partners is already expanding The Tides Condominiums just off the Ravenel Bridge in Mount Pleasant.

"We hope to start construction around the first of February," said Frampton.

The South Carolina native is now investing $100 million on prime real estate across the Charleston Harbor.

Frampton is looking to put up two sets of condos on either side of Gadsdenboro Park near the aquarium.

"What we found is that more and more people want to be a part of what we call an urban resort. And what is that? It's a place with parks, great restaurants, great bars, great culture, college students," said Frampton.

Many other develops are planned downtown, like the Charleston Midtown project on King Street.

And The Horizon District set to fill parking lots off Lockwood Boulevard.

"I think it's going to be nice for the people living down here, but I worry that the streets are going to be more congested and parking is going to become more of an issue," said Calhoun.

The city planner says right now 35,000 people live on the peninsula. Over the next 15 years, that number's expected to grow to 60,000.

"I would live a little further outside of the city for more space," said Parker.

"I think it's a good idea, I think it's better than houses," said Weber.

The project by East West Partners is expected to support more than 300 construction jobs.

It's still in the early phases of planning, and there won't be an official announcement until early next year.

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