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Mixed-use development effectively blends various development practices into a format that maximizes land use. Typical in urban settings, developers, planners and end users have long recognized the benefits of mixed-use practices and have attempted to apply these basic principles to suburban areas to prevent proliferation of urban sprawl. The result of mixed-use planning has been the creation of more sustainable, pedestrian-friendly environments combining residential, retail and commercial uses.
McAlister Development Company has successfully blended student housing with commercial and retail uses in downtown Charleston. Student residents in dormitory and student apartments live above ground floor retail and dining options, and conveniently adjacent to structured parking to create a fully- integrated student lifestyle. Moreover, because so many daily needs are located nearby, students are afforded the opportunity to live a full-service, everyday life without the need for extensive mobility.