Public input workshop set for proposed N. Area park

The former Baker Hospital in North Charleston was demolished in late 2010 and early 2011. A Charleston County park is planned for the site near Cosgrove Avenue and Interstate 26.

A North Charleston site that once tended to patients will soon lend itself to parkgoers instead.

The former Baker Hospital site off Azalea Drive near Cosgrove Avenue and Interstate 26 will be transformed into green space for the Charleston County Park and Recreation Commission, which acquired the 57-acre tract earlier this year.

The hospital, a one-time site of the Charleston Metro Chamber of Commerce as well, was demolished in 2010-11.

The commission and its consulting team from Seamon + Whiteside & Associates want public input on what should be included in the park.

A public workshop is set for 5:30-7:30 p.m. Tuesday at Military Magnet Academy at 2950 Carner Ave. in North Charleston.

Homebuilder True Homes is offering Battery Gaillard, a new neighborhood with homes starting in the low $300,000s, off S.C. Highway 61 in West Ashley.

Marketed by Carolina One New Homes, the community offers roomy front porches with floor plans ranging from 2,976 square feet to 3,100 square feet. Green space and a walking trail to West Ashley Park are accessible. Dock permits are available for many of the lots. The community is on Planters Drive off Woodland Road.

Mount Pleasant-based Ziff Properties recently sold one of its shopping center holdings.

The 16,144-square-foot Greenwood Commons retail center in Greenwood went to R.W.G. and C.P.G. Investments LP for $2.36 million.

“The successful sale of Greenwood Commons will allow us to further pursue our goal of investment in essential neighborhood-related centers,” said Christian Chamblee, director of acquisitions and chief operating officer at Ziff.

In another sign of the improving economy, foreclosure rates in Charleston-North Charleston decreased in April over the same month last year, according to newly released data from property information provider CoreLogic.

The foreclosure rate among outstanding mortgage loans in the area was 1.38 percent in April, a decrease of 0.57 percentage points compared with April 2014 when the rate was 1.95 percent.

Foreclosure activity in Charleston-North Charleston was higher than the national foreclosure rate, which was 1.33 percent in April.

Also in Charleston-North Charleston, the mortgage delinquency rate continued to decline. According to CoreLogic data for April, 3.29 percent of mortgage loans were 90 days or more delinquent compared with 4.37 percent for the same period last year, representing a decrease of 1.08 percentage points.

Reach Warren L. Wise at 937-5524 or twitter.com/warrenlancewise.