NORTH CHARLESTON, SC (WCSC) - Friday afternoon Mayor Keith Summey announced plans to redevelop some of the oldest sections of the city. The next big step is the expansion of the Oak Terrace Preserve.
Mayor Summey held a press conference to introduce the community to phase 2 of construction.
The first housing development in the park circle area in 50 years will get an additional 16 town homes and 52 more single family homes.
Neal Bansil, a resident of two years said, "I think people are starting to realize the central location of park circle."
Oak Terrace Preserve will eventually have more than 370 green and energy efficient homes.
In the old business district at Garco Street and O'hear Avenue, an abandoned building on the Garco plant site will become the center for a new artist colony.
"Part of the proposition will be in their studios, they will have to offer classes for the general public creating a new environment, welcoming artist of North Charleston in that area," said Summey.
The mayor also hopes to find funding for a landscape project that will go from the old business district on montague out to Rivers Avenue. Plans for redeveloping the Old Navy Hospital and Shipwatch Square are still in the works.
Summey said, "We've got some exciting opportunities I think in that area that can revitalize the corridor all the way from Military Magnet school to Durant Avenue. We want to see that come back so that we could make it a great place for those folks in that area as well, especially with a grocery store."
Mayor Summey expects the developer of the Old Navy Hospital and Shipwatch Square to have a plan finished in about 2 months.
Part of the reason the city is able to do these projects now is because of the agreement that was reached where rail lines would go in the city.
As part of that agreement, the state is giving the city 104 acres of the old navy base. This will essentially give the city control of the waterfront.
There will be a block party Saturday at Oak Terrace Preserve from 11am to 3pm. There will be live entertainment and activities for kids as the community celebrates the start of construction on phase 2.