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McKenzie Beach was a resort area used by African Americans in the middle of the 1900s — until Hurricane Hazel blew it all down in 1954. Today, some of the property owners want to honor the history and bring McKenzie Beach back to life.

In its latest attempt at repurposing the old Navy base, the city of North Charleston is focused on Battery Park, a 90-acre development dream that calls for condos, commercial properties and outdoor space — along with trying to convince the U.S. military to give up its final toehold on the land and move farther up river. That last part could be a long shot.

A land-use change request in Berkeley County by a former congressman has ignited fierce opposition from large-tract landowners in and near the Cooper River Historic District Corridor who fear it will open the door to dense housing development along S.C. Highway 402 and spill down S.C. 41. The former lawmaker says he doesn't intend to develop the property, but he couldn't rule out the possibility if an heir wanted to do it in the future.

The Magnolia project has been nearly 20 years in the making to transform Charleston's upper peninsula along the Ashley River from an industrial wasteland to a thriving development that could one day house 10,000 residents. Construction on streets and infrastructure in the first 20-acre phase is slated to take place in 2022 with vertical construction of structures the following year.