New Social Services Campus could come to Rivers Avenue

VIDEO: New Social Services Campus could come to North Charleston

NORTH CHARLESTON, S.C. (WCSC) - An old area of Rivers Avenue in North Charleston could soon be revived by new housing and business developments.

Charleston County has plans to bring a new Social Services Hub to Rivers Avenue and McMillan Avenue.

Charleston County Communications Coordinator, Kelsey Barlow, says this project has been in the works for a few years now and it would be the first of its kind for Charleston County.

Right now, site plans show that the Social Services Hub is proposed to go across the street from the old Naval Hospital.

The county wants to create a social services campus there.

This would include a new CARTA Hub Building, police substation, Bus Rapid Transit System, and a regional library.

CARTA spokesperson, Daniel Brock, says the SuperStop Hub, currently at Rivers and Cosgrove, will move here.

He added that the new CARTA Hub Station will have 10 bus bays, real-time electronic signage, an inside area with restrooms, and an outdoor plaza providing access to the proposed Lowcountry Rapid Transit Station at Rivers Avenue and Dorchester Road.

The Social Services Hub plans include relocating the Charleston County Department of Alcohol and Other Drug Abuse Services from downtown and to consolidate it with the Department of Social Services, the Department of Health Services, Mental Health, and other county services and move them all here.

According to a resolution from Charleston County Council in March, a developer is planning to redevelop the Naval Hospital located at 3600 Rivers Avenue in North Charleston into a transit-oriented development with approximately 305 residential rental units. developer is also planning to renovate the vacant Naval Hospital.

These are apartments with minimal parking, designed for people who use public transit or work close to where they live and want to walk to work.

Barlow says the county has not determined how much the Social Services Hub will cost, but she says it will be funded by the county.

Charleston County Council discussed the site plans Thursday evening. Council envisions this whole area having easy connectivity between housing and jobs to create an entire social services campus.

Charleston County Council Chairman, Elliott Summey added that there is extra space for future growth on the site as well.

DHEC is reviewing the site plans for the Social Services Hub right now. Public comment is currently being taken on those plans now through October 20. You can view the plans and submit comment by clicking here.

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