ULI Charlotte, ULI South Carolina, and ULI Triangle invite teams of architects, landscape architects, designers, planners, artists, students, and members of the real estate development community to submit visionary proposals for redevelopment of a vacant city block on the historic Georgetown, S.C. waterfront and a neighboring city-owned island.
The roughly 22-acre site in downtown Georgetown, S.C. includes most of Goat Island (21.32 acres) and the 700 Block of Front Street (.45 acre). Located on the Sampit River waterfront in the city’s historic downtown commercial core, the site neighbors the South Carolina Maritime Museum and is across from both the South Carolina Ports Authority of Georgetown and the Georgetown Steel Mill—which is currently closed, but is under consideration for reopening by another steel company.
The 700 block of the site was destroyed by fire in 2013 and suffered severe damage from both a flood in 2015 and Hurricane Matthew in 2016. A $15 million-dollar boutique hotel is currently planned for the harbor/waterfront and would include a conference facility, restaurant, parking, and marina. The portion of Goat Island shown in the site map is owned by the City, and all but one parcel of the 700 block is owned by a single individual. The site is also included in a proposed new TIF district.
Located off of U.S. Highway 17, about 1 hour’s drive to both Charleston and Myrtle Beach and a part of the Gullah/Geechee Cultural Heritage Corridor, the site is less than 5 miles away from both the Georgetown Airport, Horry-Georgetown Technical College, and Hobcaw Barony, a 16,000-acre privately owned research and cultural reserve.
Teams must submit a slide deck of no more than 15 slides by the close of the competition and a presentation board to be printed for display at the Carolinas’ Meeting. The slides must include:
The competition will focus largely on bold ideas for design and redevelopment. Proposals will not be required to show financial feasibility, but should be considerate of market conditions and seek to provide practical solutions to the site challenges and context. Additional details and guidelines will be provided along with the site briefing book at the start of the competition.
Submissions by multi-disciplinary teams are encouraged. Teams may be composed of students and/or professionals, with no less than three and no more than eight members. Student teams may include up to two academic and/or professional advisors. At least one team member must be a ULI member. A Team Leader must register for the competition by 5:00 p.m. on Friday, December 22 (Register Here). Registered teams have until 5:00 p.m. Friday, January 5 to submit a final team roster.
Each team will produce a presentation board for display at the Carolinas’ Meeting. A final PDF file will be submitted at the end of the competition, and all boards will be printed by ULI. To cover printing and program costs and to defray costs for student teams, professional teams are asked to pay an entry fee of $175. Payment instructions will be sent to all registered teams after January 2, and entry fees will be due by January 8.
The competition finalists will be announced prior to the 2018 Carolinas’ Meeting and invited to present their idea to a jury during a General Session where the winning team will be selected. All team’s presentation boards will be displayed at the Meeting.
November 16 — Team registration opens
December 22 — Team registration closes
January 5 — Deadline to submit team member names
January 8 — Competition begins
February 2 — Competition ends
February 12–13 — Carolinas’ Meeting; all presentation boards displayed
February 13 — Finalists present at Urban Ideas Competition session with jury; winner selected
Questions? Contact Richard Cox, ULI Triangle.