Tonight, residents will have a chance to give input on the possible impact of a massive rail yard planned for the old Navy Base. The public meeting hosted by the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers includes an informal open house (5:30-7 p.m.) and public comment (7-9 p.m.) at Military Magnet Academy (2950 Carner Ave., N. Chs.) More info is available at NavyBaseICTF.com.
The Corps released a 1,000-plus page Draft Environmental Impact Statement in April, detailing the potential impact of a new rail yard built to transfer cargo coming in and out of a new port on the Cooper River. The report includes areas of Charleston and North Charleston east of I-26 between the Ravenel Bridge and I-526. The Corps is collecting public comment on the draft report through July 9 before it finalizes the required assessment.
State-owned Palmetto Railways has already been in talks with residents of the low-income Chicora-Cherokee neighborhood of North Charleston, which sits alongside the proposed site, about potential impacts. Noise, vibration, and air pollution are just a few of the ways the yard could affect the area. It’s estimated that the project could provide 3,000 temp jobs during construction with 50-100 jobs when it’s complete.
An overview of the area impacted by a proposed intermodal rail yard (p. 109):