Charleston City Council passes building height limit change

Charleston City Council passes building height limit change
Published: Jul. 16, 2014 at 2:42 AM EDT|Updated: Jul. 16, 2014 at 1:25 PM EDT
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CHARLESTON, SC - A new tech major hub in Charleston is a little closer to becoming a reality.

Tuesday night, Charleston's city council unanimously passed a proposal increasing a city zoning height limit from 55 feet to 85 feet.

The increase allows the Charleston Digital Corridor to move forward with a new building to house tech startups.

The Charleston Digital Corridor is a part of the city's government and helps tech startups grow.

"The Charleston Digital Corridor was designed to grow tech businesses and the knowledge economy in Charleston," Ernest Andrade, the program's director said.

Right now, the program has two buildings on the corner of East Bay and Calhoun Street. They're known as Flagship 1 and 2. The two buildings house 22 tech companies.

"What we've learned is by creating an environment where you put like-minded people, good things can happen," Andrade said.

The program is now ready to expand again.

"We have no available space at the flagship facilities right now and we constantly have demand," Andrade said.

With the new buildings at 999 and 995 Morrison Drive, the Charleston Digital Corridor could house 50 companies, more than doubling its size. The new flagship would be up to 350,000 square feet.

"We think it's very appropriate to build a landmark building that will become essentially the ground zero for the tech economy," Andrade said. "The building will definitely be something that is a little bit more modern and a little more unique than what this town has previously seen."

The next step is for the plans to be approved by the Board of Architectural Board. If everything passes, Andrade expects the buildings to open in 2016.