Photo: Members of the Mitigation Working Group
Last week, Lowcountry Alliance for Model Communities, other citizens organizations, and the Palmetto Railway held a press conference to announce a $4 million agreement to mitigate the potential effects on the surrounding communities of the construction of a railway at the former Charleston Navy Base.
The agreement includes measures to avoid environmental damage to nearby neighborhoods while providing money to construct a new recreation facility on land donated by the City of North Charleston on property behind the Military Magnet Academy in North Charleston and fund initiatives in affordable housing, job training, educational initiatives, environmental research, community youth initiatives, and building the capacity of local organizations.
The agreement was made between the Lowcountry Alliance for Model Communities, Chicora-Cherokee Neighborhood Association, Metanoia Community Development Corp., Union Heights Community Council, and Palmetto Railways, a division of the South Carolina Department of Commerce.
Details of the agreeement are summarized below.