Monday, May 5, 2014

Public meeting on new North Charleston rail yard tomorrow Tues. May 6

Rolling on

Posted by Chris Haire on Mon, May 5, 2014 at 12:09 PM

It's seems like only yesterday the citizens of Park Circle were buzzing like a swatted bees' nest over the creation of a new rail yard at the old navy base. And rightfully so. The proposed intermodel facility — that's highfalutin transportation jargon for rail yard — would send more train traffic through the up-and-coming North Charleston neighborhood, creating a heckuva lot of racket and upping the number of times that North Rhett Avenue would be blocked off thanks to slow-moving locomotives. 

However, North Charleston Mayor Keith Summey and the state reached an agreement that seemed to alleviate some, albeit not all, of the fears of PC residents. Not surprisingly, some folks in neighborhood still have "Save Park Circle, No More Rails" signs in their yards, you know, because you just can't trust the dang government to stick their word (which is, as you know, exactly why the rail controversy was such a big deal in the first place. The state agreed that it wouldn't build a new rail yard in the northern part of the Navy Yard and then reneged.)

Tomorrow night, Tues. May 6, citizens from all over North Charleston will get to find just how the proposed rail yard will impact their neighborhoods — things aren't all lovey-dovey for Chicora-Cherokee either. The meeting is set for 6-8 p.m. at Military Magnet Academy. The meeting will be led by the Army Corps of Engineers, and it will "allow for open and informal discussion between members of the community, interested parties, and the project team, which includes the Corps, Palmetto Railways, and the third-party consultant (Atkins) preparing the EIS [environmental impact statement]. Information will be presented on posters and the project team will be available to discuss project details and to answer questions."

So if this project means something to you and yours, check it out. 

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