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Residents fear homes will be demolished to make way for road project

NORTH CHARLESTON, SC (WCSC) -

Some residents of a North Charleston neighborhood are worried their homes will be demolished to make way for the third phase of the Palmetto Commerce Parkway project.

Officials say the plan is to connect Ladson Road to Aviation Avenue to relieve traffic congestion on Dorchester Road, Rivers Avenue and I-26.

One of the possibilities is part of the road running right through part of Liberty Park, with Loretta Hilton's and Pearle Allen's homes in the direct path.

"I don't want to move,” said Hilton.

The two women fear they may have to move.

“There are old people living back here and I don't think it's fair for them to come in and say we're gonna tear down your house,” said Allen.

Hilton, who's lived in her house for almost 40 years, was shocked when she heard there's a chance her house could be torn down.

"I was devastated really because where would we go on fixed incomes here and nobody will hire an 80 year old woman."

A spokesman for the Palmetto Commerce Parkway project stressed that any of the alternatives on the table are preliminary, nothing's been selected and there will likely be more options introduced in the weeks ahead.

North Charleston Mayor Keith Summey says residents shouldn't panic.

"I think at the end of the day there will not be that much disturbance to the neighborhoods because we're working with them and I think they need to know the city is not going to allow anything that is going to destroy a neighborhood,” said Summey.

Allen and Hilton are hoping the mayor's words get back to the people in charge of the project and that their homes will be left alone.

A public meeting on the third phase of the Palmetto Commerce Parkway Project will be held Wednesday night at North Charleston City Council chambers from 6 till 8 PM.

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