Tuesday, May 24, 2016

Public meeting for proposed North Charleston rail yard Tuesday night

Corps report details potential impacts of proposed intermodal rail yard

Posted by Sam Spence on Tue, May 24, 2016 at 10:52 AM

Tonight, residents will have a chance to give input on the possible impact of a massive rail yard planned for the old Navy Base. The public meeting hosted by the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers includes an informal open house (5:30-7 p.m.) and public comment (7-9 p.m.) at Military Magnet Academy (2950 Carner Ave., N. Chs.) More info is available at NavyBaseICTF.com.

The Corps released a 1,000-plus page Draft Environmental Impact Statement in April, detailing the potential impact of a new rail yard built to transfer cargo coming in and out of a new port on the Cooper River. The report includes areas of Charleston and North Charleston east of I-26 between the Ravenel Bridge and I-526. The Corps is collecting public comment on the draft report through July 9 before it finalizes the required assessment.

State-owned Palmetto Railways has already been in talks with residents of the low-income Chicora-Cherokee neighborhood of North Charleston, which sits alongside the proposed site, about potential impacts. Noise, vibration, and air pollution are just a few of the ways the yard could affect the area. It's estimated that the project could provide 3,000 temp jobs during construction with 50-100 jobs when it's complete.

An overview of the area impacted by a proposed intermodal rail yard (p. 109):
click to enlarge US ARMY CORPS OF ENGINEERS
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