Old area of North Charleston will soon get new look

NORTH CHARLESTON, SC (WCSC) - A run-down part of North Charleston will soon get a face-lift, and people who live there say it'll do more than make the area more attractive, it will bring it back to life.

Adrianna Burgess lives near Shipwatch Square shopping center on Rivers Avenue in North Charleston.

In fact, she grew up in this area, and remembers when this now-empty lot was filled with booming stores and offices.

"I used to walk from over there to over here to the store and come over to the library and stuff, so it was a lot livelier," Burgess said.

Shipwatch Square was built in the late 1950s and thrived for decades until the Winn Dixie grocery store went out of business in 2005.

Now only one shop remains, a clothing store, Citi Trends. Burgess said she still shops at Citi Trends, but would visit more often if there were other stores in the plaza.

"It would bring life to the plaza," Burgess said.

North Charleston city council members voted to move forward with the demolition of the plaza.

Mayor Keith Summey said to revitalize the plaza, it'll have to start from the ground up.

"The best thing we could do is demolish what's there and come back with all new structures, a whole new plan," Summey said.

He said he hopes that plan will include a drug store, bank, library, a housing complex for senior citizens and a grocery store, something the area desperately needs now that Winn Dixie is gone.

Right now the closest place for burgess to shop is Food Lion on Dorchester Road.

"Gas is very high, and I'd hate to run all my gas out going to Dorchester," Burgess said.

Mayor Summey says the council will vote on the plan at the next city council meeting. The demolition could begin as soon as 30 days after that.

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