By Ashley Barker
Published April 24, 2014
Over the past two years, the Atlanta-based investment and management company has built a 270-unit apartment complex called The Flats at Mixson in addition to two restaurants, a market, flower shop, racquet club and farmers market.
Jamestown Vice President Harvey Wadsworth (from left), North Charleston Mayor Keith Summey and Charleston Metro Chamber of Commerce Vice President Paul Miloni prepare to break ground on the next phase of the Mixson development. (Photo by Ashley Barker)
“It is dense because we care about walkability and sustainability and preserving green spaces so people can interact with their community,” Wadsworth said during a ground breaking ceremony this morning. “We want Mixson to be a community that evolved organically and not regimented by a master planner.”
At full build out in 2017 or 2018, Mixson will include another 300 single-family homes and townhomes.
“We see North Charleston really as the epicenter of job creation in the Charleston region. It’s what attracted us to this area. It’s what allowed us to maintain our commitment to Mixson throughout the recession that we all just experienced,” Wadsworth said.
Paul Miloni, a vice president with the Charleston Metro Chamber of Commerce, said Mixson improves the standard of living for the citizens of North Charleston by including community porches, community gardens and outdoor venues.
“People need food; people need clothing; people need shelter. But what’s often left out of that equation is people need people, and that’s the strength of the community sense that you get here at Mixson,” Miloni said.
North Charleston Mayor Keith Summey, who has owned Mixson property for almost six years, said he and his wife invested in the community because of its strong comeback.
“We were one of the first people to buy a unit in here because we believe in Mixson and what it is trying to do,” Summey said. “If you look at what it is today and what it was five, seven, 10 years ago, the dramatic changes have been unbelievable.”
Mixson Farmers Market opens soon
More than 50 local growers are expected to sell seasonal produce and products during the Mixson Farmers Market this spring.
Mixson Market and GrowFood Carolina have partnered to develop a farmers market each Saturday from May 3 through Nov. 1, according to a news release. The weekly event will be held from 10 a.m. until 3 p.m., at 4338 McCarthy St. in North Charleston.
“We’re thrilled to expand on GrowFood Carolina’s relationship with Mixson and provide Park Circle residents direct access to a wider variety of produce coming from our local farms,” said Sara Clow, general manager of local nonprofit GrowFood Carolina.
The market will feature regular guest farmers, according to Bryan Lewis, Mixson Market owner and operator.
“Unlike most farmers markets, this market creates access to a much wider selection of local produce, as shoppers are not limited to produce from attending farms and farmers,” Lewis said.
The market will provide the Park Circle community with access to produce and products from farms within 120 miles of Charleston, the release said.
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