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.
The town could require low-impact features in redevelopment projects but has instead been trying to craft a carrot-and-stick approach that would give developers incentives to voluntarily adopt low-impact practices.
Decades after the neighborhood was split by a highway project, Union Heights has a chance to be stitched back together, while also making good use of the former highway site to help create affordable housing in an area where high property values continue to pose a threat.
The median price of a house in the Charleston area in July stood at roughly $400,000. But where can a prospective buyer find a house at that price and what will one get?
East Edisto Middle School, Dorchester School District 2's newest school, will welcome 850 students when it opens this year. The $31 million school is serving families in the growing Oakbrook area of Summerville.
The sale of the Jenkins family's home comes during a period of dramatic population shifts in the city, especially on the peninsula, as growth and gentrification push African Americans away.
Charleston-area demand for sidewalks rises amid rising concerns over public safety and equity.
New townhomes are being developed in West Ashley to help service-industry workers and those on entry-level salaries buy a place to live instead of paying rent. The project is a joint effort of a builder and a nonprofit to create housing affordability in the Charleston area with downpayment assistance based on income.
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.
Hundreds of acres across Lake Hartwell from Clemson University could become of one of the largest privately-owned student housing developments in the U.S.
There are six competing road plans for Johns Island and Charleston County is looking for feedback.
Mountain View Baptist Church, a 113-year-old historically Black congregation, plans to breathe new life into Newtown while maintaining its culture and history.
A surge of out-of-state investment in multi-family developments in Greenville County is driving up prices, raising rent and in some cases leaving tenants homeless.
Tax increment financing generally enables municipalities to grow their tax base, and the neighborhood improvements tend to cause property values to rise. But the changes aren't always helpful to longtime homeowners in these areas.
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 NAACP chapter continues to represent the city's Black community and is now mostly concerned with ensuring that African American residents are not adversely affected by an explosion of growth that has made Goose Creek the eighth-largest municipality in the state.
Southern Greenville County families west of the rapidly developing I-385 corridor face a seemingly inevitable choice to sell or be surrounded.
Throughout Goose Creek, longstanding restaurants continue to serve a loyal local community that supports varying types of cuisine. As Goose Creek steadily swells, restaurant groups and owners are also choosing it as the place for a new outpost. What does this mean for the future?
While all the growth in Summerville has increased movement and traffic in the community, the likelihood of Summerville seeing an even more expansive public transportation system any time soon seems slim.
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.
A new interchange on Interstate 26 in Summerville hasn't developed much in the three years since it opened, but that will soon change as several projects are in the works on different quadrants where Nexton Parkway meets the interstate.
Whether the redevelopment of the former Piggly Wiggly site, which is slated to house 60,000 square feet of civic, office and retail space, will turn the tide for West Ashley or sit on an island in the sprawl, is up for debate.
In Charleston, where Joint Base Charleston is located, housing prices have exploded and have put a burden on young service members and their families.
Though much of the city's vision is still conceptual, North Charleston is making noticeable progress towards transforming the northern end of the base into a mixed-use, waterfront community that contains single family homes, condos, parks and businesses.
"We don't know what's coming," said Elizabeth Crum Huffman, a lifelong resident of Coburn Town in Ridgeville.
The Charleston metropolitan area has been growing fast, spurring new housing developments in formerly rural areas. But the people of Wadmalaw Island have built fortifications to protect them from rampant growth.
North Charleston's centralized location, along with the large number of vacant properties in the city's older neighborhoods, make the area ripe for infill. The challenge is how to bring about infill development while maintaining affordability and ensuring neighborhood residents benefit from the growth.
Did the 2020 census get it right?
Over the next five years, as many 700 new homes are planned to be built in the area, threatening its rural characteristics.
Liberty Hill, a historic African American community, is working with the Charity Foundation to focus on improving access to high-quality public education, affordable housing, workforce development and financial literacy training.
This contradicts the national trend. Across the U.S., most major cities have become more diverse. Several have become majority non-White.
North Charleston is changing again. And many are worried that low-income residents living within the Interstate 526 loop — especially those in the African American community — will be most harmed if no deliberate effort is made to protect them from increasingly rapid growth.
To see the type of the growth the county wants, building access to county water and sewer services has been a priority.
Charleston's King Street is seen by many as one of the city's most valuable assets, but some property and business owners feel the area needs an updated vision for the future.
In 2010, there were 56,886 calls to Berkeley County’s 911 Dispatch Center. By 2015, the number had jumped to 80,103. Last year, it swelled to 119,100.
The scorching-hot residential real estate market has been reminiscent of the peak years of the housing bubble.
A collaboration that includes "citizen science" is meant to help address impacts of the State Ports Authority's new Hugh K. Leatherman container shipping terminal on nearby neighborhoods. The danger of particulate matter found in diesel emissions is just one of several issues.
As development spreads to the outer reaches of Dorchester County, tiny Harleyville looks to maintain its small-town, community atmosphere.
The Summerville area over the last couple of years has slowly become a development hub with more houses rising up in the area. The challenge now is pinpointing spaces where low-income families can afford to stay.
In a noticeable contrast, upscale and luxury-style dwellings sit beside working-class and low-income neighborhoods, where many who've long lived in the city can't afford to live in the newer apartments.
Local residents are working together to combine a White cemetery and African American graveyard to better protect them even as a new neighborhood is built in close proximity.
Dorchester Road runs for nearly 20 miles and is filled with connections to housing developments, businesses, Joint Base Charleston and the Ashley River. Those who want to avoid Interstate 26 often end up on the parallel road.
The New Hope community is trying to push back against the Berkeley Charleston Tradeport, an industrial warehouse complex off Jedburg Road.
A large new development on the former Navy base in North Charleston could be transformational for that part of the city.
“It’s kind of our front porch," said Michael Lisle, Summerville's economic developer on the I-26 corridor. “It sets the tone of our community."
Goose Creek has evolved from a small, rural town with strong military ties into a young, vibrant, diverse community. The city is celebrating its 60-year anniversary.
As city officials and and community leaders work to improve the quality of life in Charleston Farms, which has struggled with crime over the years, they don't want to see the area become unaffordable to North Charleston residents.
As Summerville has grown from a small village to a major town with traffic concerns, neighboring Ridgeville residents raise concerns about being next in line for growth.
Officials are trying more than ever to collaborate with local people affected by infrastructure upgrades, but some residents say that engagement, while appreciated, comes too late.
The Five Forks bedroom community east of Greenville features three of the top 10 most affluent census tracts in South Carolina. But residents say traffic, the lack of parks and rapid development are ruining their quality of life.
Flooding hasn't been an issue for North Charleston residents around Filbin Creek in recent years. But residents fear plans for new development could bring back the problem to neighborhoods around the waterway.