In North Charleston, the fight over rail lines on the Southern end of the Port of Charleston continues. “In politics, there’s two sides to everything,” according to what North Charleston Mayor Keith Summey told the Charleston City Paper. He’s talking about rail access into the new Port of Charleston terminal, near the Old Naval Base, that’s caused quite a debate.
The issue is rail access into the port. North Charleston’s mayor wants rail at the southern end of the port, as was outlined in a formal agreement with the State Ports Authority in 2002. The state wants rail at the northern end, which would run through a developing part of North Charleston.
State Senate President Pro Tem Glenn McConnell says the issue can be resolved.
I don’t think the state should run over the City of North Charleston, and there’s a lot of negotiation and talk going on in the background to try to work that out so that everybody can try to walk away a winner.
In the meantime, residents who have invested in real estate on the northern end, such as Park Circle and Noisette, are worried about which way this will go and how it will affect that property.