Charleston community groups negotiate historic mitigation agreement with railroad

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.



All parties feel this is a win-win agreement. Omar Muhammad, President of the Lowcountry Alliance for Model Communities, said “What we achieved here today allows communities the resources to not only address industrial growth but to benefit from that growth.”  Denise Tennessee, Director of EPA Region 4’s Office of Environmental Justice and Sustainability agreed, saying that “the agreement announced today is a win-win for community engagement, for the citizens in the State of South Carolina, and for all communities throughout the Southeast that face similar challenges.”

For more information, check out the photos and links below.


Community Groups Reach $4 Million Agreement With Palmetto Railways, Charleston Chronicle

Palmetto Railways to pay $4 million to address North Charleston community concerns, Post and Courier

Most port rail mitigation money to be used for community center, Post and Courier

FOCUS: Save the Charleston Naval Hospital Historic District, Charleston Currents