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North Charleston plans “block party” to promote Oak Terrace Preserve development

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North Charleston will host a neighborhood “block party” Saturday to celebrate and promote the development of the Park Circle area and the city-funded real estate development Oak Terrace Preserve.

“Oak Terrace Preserve opened the doors for the revitalization of Park Circle’s residential neighborhoods,” said Mayor Keith Summey. “Until construction began on Phase 1, there had not been a new housing development in the Park Circle area for 50 years.”

The second phase of the 55-acre Oak Terrace Preserve development is beginning, with plans for 68 more homes in what will eventually be a 374-home development of single-family houses and townhomes.

The 4-hour block party event, with food, games and live entertainment, starts at 11 a.m. at East Liberty Park Circle and Lackawanna Boulevard.

The Oak Terrace Preserve has been cited by Green Builder Magazine as a top ‘green’ neighborhood in the United States, and the 6-year-old development has won a National League of Cities Award for Municipal Excellence and the Home Depot Foundation Award of Excellence for Sustainable Community Development.

“This notoriety is a product of public and private efforts to redevelop a neighborhood that could have easily been lost without careful planning and investment,” said Summey.

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