Vision to improve 'The Neck' area could be one step closer to reality

CHARLESTON COUNTY, SC (WCSC) - An effort to make "the Neck" area of the Lowcountry safer and more friendlier is expected to take a step forward at Wednesday's Charleston City Planning Commission meeting.

The final draft of the Neck Area Master plan will be presented to city, with request for approval. The goal of the plan is to improve an area many consider hurting while preparing parts of North Charleston and the city of Charleston for future growth.

The area covers a 29 square-mile stretch.

Planning Director Kathryn Basha, with Berkeley and Dorchester Council of Governments, said funding for this plan will be considered on a project-by-project basis. She said there are hundreds of project involved in this plan so it's not something that will happen overnight; the plan is expected to take five to seven years to complete.

Basha says added improvement is very much needed for the area.

After the meeting, the next big hurdle comes in June, when the two cities of North Charleston and Charleston, along with Charleston County, are expected to adopt the plan.

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