Army Corps grants final approval for Waterfront Park expansion

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CHARLESTON, SC (WCSC) -

The Army Corps of Engineers has given the go-ahead for the planned expansion of Joe Riley Waterfront Park. DHEC and the Office of Ocean and Coastal Resource Management had already issued the state permits in May. 

The plans call for a 225-room hotel with a cafe, ground-floor retail, a restaurant, a rooftop terrace and a spa all open to the public. 

“When Waterfront Park rose along the banks of the Charleston harbor nearly three decades ago," Charleston Mayor John Tecklenburg said. " It was an extraordinary gift not just to our visitors, but to our citizens as well–a truly remarkable public space to visit, to enjoy, to share with family and friends. Now, with Lowe’s planned expansion moving forward, Charlestonians will be able to access and experience even more of this priceless public treasure in the years ahead."

The riverwalk will be extended by approximately 400 feet starting at the park's entrance on Concord Street and ending at Cumberland Street. Construction is planned to begin in 2019 and be completed by 2021. 

“One of Lowe’s priorities is to create signature experiences that encourage public access at its properties, so we are thrilled to clear this hurdle and to begin preparing the site for the Park expansion,”  Lowe Senior Vice President of Development Dan Battista said. “We are thankful for the active support from Mayor Tecklenburg and the City staff throughout this process and look forward to continuing to work alongside them on the Park expansion.”

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