New redevelopment plan for North Charleston

New redevelopment plan for North Charleston

NORTH CHARLESTON, SC (WCSC) - There's a new plan to bring some major redevelopment to North Charleston.

The city is reviewing plans from District 8 Councilman Bob King to redevelop Spruill Avenue from East Montague Avenue down to Noisette Creek.

"This is our gateway to North Charleston, and we feel like we need to do something with it because as you can see, it looks like it's deteriorating somewhat," King said.

That plan is welcome news for Chasta Longworth, who works right along Spruill Avenue at Park Circle Dental.

"They're abandoned. They're unused. They need to be torn down," Longworth said. "It hurts the image of the neighborhood when we're trying to prosper and grow and move forward, but when you've got abandoned buildings here, it sends the wrong message."

She said the street's bad image is hurting business.

"It's beautiful right there at East Montague, but the rest of this kind of suffers," Longworth said. "I'd like to see some money put in so it's a cohesive look as you're driving down Spruill Avenue."

King said the project is for both businesses and families.

"We want to bring more people to the area, clean up our area a little bit and make it more suitable for people to want to live in this area," King said.

Longworth wants more apartments like the nearby Flats at Mixson but said one need sticks out the most.

"More restaurants definitely," Longworth said. "If we don't want to choose something on East Montague, you have to end up going all the way over the interstate."

King wants to bring back the area's image as a major train hub.

"They can build these buildings that almost look like train stations but they're office buildings and commercial buildings and this would be a great opportunity for us to do that," King said

King said the new plan will also include more parking because people living in the area have complained about cars parking in front of their homes. King presented his plan at Thursday's Committee of the Whole meeting, but it could be a month before it shows up at council.

The city is still reviewing how the process should work and more importantly, how to pay for everything.

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