North Charleston plans development of Navy Hospital site

By Liz Segrist
Published Jan. 27, 2014

The city of North Charleston is moving ahead with plans to redevelop the old Navy Hospital site, Mayor Keith Summey said in his recent State of the City Address.

“We can now see development starting with the old naval hospital. ... It’s a great opportunity to see something happening in the southern end of the city of North Charleston,” Summey said.

North Charleston City Council recently approved the sale of the 24-acre site at 3600 Rivers Ave. to Chicora Gardens Holdings LLC. The company plans to lease space in the 10-story, 400,000-square-foot building while continuing to upfit it to create a “health and social services” hub for the community.

North Charleston Mayor Keith Summey
North Charleston Mayor Keith Summey
“Chicora is excited about the opportunity to redevelop the naval hospital along with the ongoing activities at the former Naval Base,” Chicora Gardens Holdings Manager Doug Durbano said in a statement. “Chicora looks forward to being a long-term partner in this community and helping contribute to the revitalization of this area.”

This hospital will represent the first project in the Chicora Gardens Development, the company said. Summey said the city is working through some undisclosed environmental issues on the tract known as Shipwatch Square. Future development plans will be given as they become available, Durbano said.

This was one of many projects highlighted by Summey in his State of the City address, which was delivered via video Thursday at the council meeting.

In 2014, Summey said the city is working with the S.C. Ports Authority and S.C. Public Railways, now operating as Palmetto Railways, to create a plan for the future of rail in the city. He also plans to promote the city as a viable place for both residential and commercial construction.

The value of new construction in the city of North Charleston was roughly $388 million in 2013, up 28% over 2012, Summey said.

Of the total, about $165 million was spent for new commercial construction and around $107 million was spent for commercial renovations and expansions.

“Increase in construction brought jobs to North Charleston,” Summey said. “People are interested in developing and moving into the city of North Charleston.

Summey said he plans to focus on recruiting and expanding industry in the city. In 2013, Bass Pro Shops announced plans to open in North Charleston. Molina Healthcare, Daimler Vans and Weber Automotive, among others, all announced plans to expand as well.

The Boeing Co. announced last spring plans for an additional $1 billion investment and 2,000 jobs for North Charleston. More recently, Boeing broke ground on its propulsion center and filed plans to expand its 787 operations in the Lowcountry.

Reach Liz Segrist at 843-849-3119 or @lizsegrist on Twitter.

Watch Summey’s latest North Charleston State of the City Address below

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