20 years on, attention on old SC Navy base housing

Associated Press

NORTH CHARLESTON, S.C. (AP) - Since Charleston Naval Base closed almost two decades ago, thousands of jobs have returned and aviation has replaced the Navy as the Charleston area's pre-eminent employer. Now attention is turning to saving the houses that were once home to the officers on the sprawling base in North Charleston.

Many of the homes, including the Admiral's Quarters, have not been occupied since the base closed in 1996.

North Charleston Mayor Keith Summey says the city envisions a plan to restore the house dating to 1905. The plan also would involve moving the old base chapel from its location about a mile away and reconstructing it near the admiral's quarters.

The idea is to create an area with reception venues for weddings and ship reunions.

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