Online petition seeks to keep forested land in Park Circle neighborhoods

Published: Jul. 14, 2016 at 10:52 PM EDT
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Auction sign on S. Rhett Avenue (Source: Live 5)
Auction sign on S. Rhett Avenue (Source: Live 5)

NORTH CHARLESTON, SC (WCSC) - An online petition is floating around to address environmental concerns in the Park Circle neighborhoods of North Charleston.

The petition looks to keep several wooded areas in the neighborhood including a 16 acre plot of land off S. Rhett Avenue.

In the last few days an auction sign was placed just over the train tracks by that plot of land.

The auction scheduled for August 4 at 6 p.m. at North Charleston City Hall would discuss the 16.74 acre piece of land that runs to the Noisette Creek.

"I've walked that piece of property many times over the years," said Hubert Inman, of North Charleston. "It's a beautiful piece of property."

Inman has lived at his home, boarding the property, for more than 50 years.

He said it has a lot of wildlife, rolling hills and marsh areas.

"[It would] be a nice developed piece of property," Inman said.

He added he's not against any sort of development on the land, but does have one concern regarding how it would be used.

"[I'd] love to see if it's developed that there are many trees left in there," he said. "It'd be more beautiful than going in there and tearing it all up."

I'd prefer it be like a community park, like Riverfront Park, stuff like that," said Robert Bennett, who lives across from the property.

Bennett said he'd like to see some walking trails there; something a family could use.

"A place where people can hang out so they can have a get together," Bennett added.

An online petition, expected to be handed to North Charleston officials, looks to prevent green spaces from being torn down.

The property is filled with older oak trees, some of which have already been impacted.

"This oak tree right here was probably one of the prettiest oaks in the whole area," Inman said. "The railroad came by, trimmed it, and killed part of it up there. That concerned me."

Inman feels there's no way to stop development, but he hopes officials will be respectful when it comes to the environment.

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