Charleston Planning Commission recommends rezoning land for affordable housing
CHARLESTON, South Carolina (WCSC) – The Charleston City Planning Commission has voted unanimously to recommend the rezoning of three acres of land on the peninsula to make way for more affordable housing.
About three acres of land at the intersection of Meeting and Huger streets in downtown Charleston were discussed at Wednesday’s meeting.
The city hopes to have 800 affordable housing units completed over the next few years, including planned development on this lot.
Currently, there are townhouses on this land, but the Charleston Housing Authority said it plans to demolish these buildings and replace them with an 84-unit development.
The housing authority says the project will cost around $23.5 million.
The rezoning recommendation will go to a public hearing at a city council meeting in late March.
Matt Ojala, the city’s deputy director for housing and community development, said the city is not done making the peninsula more affordable to live in.
“We found that we needed 16,000 more affordable homes by 2030 to meet the needs of our city,” Ojala said. “With this project and with others, we are making progress towards that goal.”
The Housing Authority said there are around 10 units at 275 Huger Street which are currently occupied.
Officials say people living there can move to other public housing in the city, and once the project is completed, they have the right to return to live there.
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