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Charleston Eastside to Infuse Higher Density Homes

A new infill development will soon be taking shape on the eastern edge of the Eastside borough on the historic Charleston peninsula. In a neighborhood composed mostly of Charleston Single Houses dating to the late 1800s, a dense, cohesive core of mixed uses has traditionally been lacking. In addition to a number of sporadically placed corner stores, restaurants, and venues that serve this community, revitalization of a formerly industrial area is changing that – and now the residential portion of that density is beginning to materialize.

Flats at 655 East Bay

Rendering of proposed development Flats at 655 Easy Bay in Charleston, SC
Flats at 655 East Bay - Rendering courtesy of Madison Capital Group

The one acre site on East Bay Street between Amherst and Columbus Streets will include a main three story building with 6 additional three story buildings, housing 51 townhomes on the Charleston Eastside. 

An Emerging Urbanism

The Cigar Factory in Charleston, SC
The Cigar Factory

Half a block north of 655 East Bay Street lies the landmark Cigar Factory which completed a total restoration in 2015. Initially slated to be converted into luxury condominiums, the evolving economics of the aughts led the historic structure into its new life of restaurants, event space, and offices. As predicted, The Cigar Factory has become an anchor, seeding higher density development in this nook of the Charleston Eastside. 

The immediate vicinity of the site would also enjoy the city park in Hampstead Square, as well as the campus of Trident Technical College and its Culinary Institute of Charleston just around the corner.

A short walk or bicycle ride will land you at a number of other venues, including locals’ favorites Palace Hotel (not a hotel), The Commodore, Hannibal’s Kitchen, and Bay Street Biergarten. The bustling nightlife of upper King Street is only about six blocks away. 

The View from the Charleston Eastside

A view of the Ravenel Bridge and the Columbus Street Terminal of the Port of Charleston, taken from the rooftop of The Cigar Factory in Charleston, SC
The Ravenel Bridge as seen from The Cigar Factory

Flats at 655 East Bay – along with all buildings on this stretch of East Bay Street – have a commanding view of what is currently the Port of Charleston’s Columbus Street Terminal. As of this writing there are no plans to relocate the operations at Columbus Terminal (on/offloading of vehicles produced in South Carolina, including BMW and possibly Volvo), so residents of the Charleston Eastside can expect a genuine portside view for the time being. However the scenery behind the port is just breathtaking – the full span of the majestic Ravenel Bridge swooping over the Cooper River.

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