Best Compromise

City of North Charleston

Staff Pick

For the better part of the last two years, Mayor Keith Summey and his City of North Charleston colleagues fought valiantly to stop the State of South Carolina from advancing a controversial rail plan that would not only bring more train traffic to the Park Circle area, but effectively destroy the plans for the Navy Yard redevelopment. Needless to say, many North Charleston residents weren’t happy. Which is why some were shocked when Mayor Summey and the state reached a compromise at the end of last year, one that would create a new rail yard on the northern end of the Navy Yard and hand over the officers’ quarters on the old base to the city. And although train traffic would increase around the perimeter of Park Circle, the rail line along Spruill Avenue would be removed and the state promised to study ways to prevent the traffic jams created whenever the trains cross over busy thoroughfares. While there is certainly reason to be skeptical that the state will uphold their end of the bargain — they reneged on the memorandum of understanding that kicked off this entire fight — here’s hoping that this time they stay true to their word.
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