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BNC to Develop North Bridge Townhomes As Seen in the Post & Courier
Wednesday, October 11, 2023, at 11 a.m.
2312 Meridian Road (corner of Azalea Drive), North Charleston
Bridge North Charleston, a nonprofit organization, is creating affordable homeownership opportunities with the development of North Bridge Townhomes. A 20-unit community near the intersection of Azalea Drive and Cosgrove Avenue in North Charleston. Pricing ranges from the mid $100s to the high $200s with 100 percent financing for qualified buyers. Bridge North Charleston believes homeownership changes lives, the trajectory of future generations and slows the gentrification of communities like Accabee and Hub Village.
Charleston County awarded Bridge North Charleston a $1.5 million American Rescue Plan Act (ARPA) grant to help bridge the gap between cost and affordability. Other funding assistance comes from Boeing, grants provided by Coastal Community Foundation and private donations. Glick/Boehm Architecture is designing architectural plans for North Bridge Townhomes, pro bono.
12 of the North Bridge Townhomes are 2 bedrooms, 2 ½ baths; and 8 are 3 bedrooms, 2 ½ baths, all fully equipped with appliances including washer and dryer and window blinds. Vertical construction is underway with an expected completion date, late in the first quarter of 2024. To maintain the integrity of affordable homeownership, North Bridge must be owner occupied and deed restricted as affordable housing for 99 years. Corwyn Melette, Exit Realty Lowcountry Group, at (843) 619-3004, is overseeing marketing. Increasing Hope is partnering with Bridge North Charleston to provide financial education and counseling assistance. Pinnacle Bank, United and Premier are preferred lenders.
Bridge North Charleston, a 501 (C)(3) organization, was founded in early 2021 with a mission for the holistic revitalization of the under-resourced neighborhoods of Hub Village and Accabee. Other initiatives include Trident Technical College scholarships, community events, an annual Free Farmers Market and connecting residents directly to available resources.
For more information, visit www.bridgenorthcharleston.org or contact Patty Scarafile at (843) 371-1078.
The Hub Aren’t Going Away Who Will Speak for Them
By Steve Bailey email@example.com
The Hub is a relic of the ’50s, built by legendary Charleston developer J.C. Long back in the day when his Beach Co. was known for affordable housing. In the post-war boom, Long built scores of these little cement duplexes on Azalea Drive as short-stay housing for sailors and their families.
Sixty years later and long after Beach sold it off, The Hub is still standing, nothing short of a three-acre, low-rise slum. Even the liquor store is out of business.
The people who live here aren’t welfare queens … Most of his tenants are the working poor, he says, and he has people standing in line for the 160 or so apartments they own in some of North Charleston’s poorest, most violent neighborhoods.
What’s happening in North Charleston is happening all over America. The federal government got out of the business of building public housing two decades ago…
Read the full Post & Courier opinion article by Steve Bailey by clicking the following link.
Ribbon Cutting Ceremony Wednesday, October 11th
You are cordially invited to join Bridge North Charleston in a Groundbreaking Celebration for North Bridge Townhomes, located at 2312 Meridian Road at the intersection of Azalea Drive in North Charleston.
Please join us on Wednesday, October 11, 2003, at 11:00 a.m. for the holistic beginning of revitalizing the distressed communities of Accabee and Hub Village. We look forward to celebrating this special occasion with you.
We're Going Vertical August 2023
Vertical construction of North Bridge Townhomes begins! It’s exciting to see the townhomes sprouting up and stretching towards the Carolina sky. The expected completion date is coming soon, Spring 2024.
Second Annual Free Farmers Market 21 May 2023
It’s Today! The Second Annual Community Event and Free Farmers Market! There’s a cookout with a DJ, kids activities, and informational tables. Visitors have a chance to win one of five $50 drawings. More than 250 community residents are in attendance. It’s a terrific day with plenty of fun for everyone.
Welcoming New Board Members Taking Up the BNC Cause
Five new board members are joining the BNC cause: Loretta Hart, Principal of Mary Ford Early Learning and Family Center; Chip Crane, CEO of Hill Construction; Shannon Praete, City of North Charleston Grant Consultant; Dough Barnett, Mortgage Officer for Southern First Bank; and Geneva Spann, Community Resident and Activist. Lots to be done in the coming weeks.
Substantial Financial Boost 31 January 2023
Hip Hip Hooray! After months of hard work, Charleston County Council awards BNC a substantial financial boost! $1.5 million American Rescue Plan Act (ARPA) Gap Funding Grant, will be used to bridge the gap between cost and affordability, to help twenty families achieve the American Dream of homeownership with a North Bridge Townhome.
We Got the $50,000 Grant July 2022
Boeing! Boeing! Boeing! Thank you, Coastal Community Foundation, for awarding BNC a $50,000 Boeing grant to support affordable housing in North Charleston. Thank you for your generosity. It’s endearing having very generous community partners like you.
First Annual Free Farmers Market 21 May 2022
Kicking off the First Annual Community Event and Free Farmers Market at the Perry Webb Center in North Charleston. A wonderful day with informational tables, music, kids activities, burgers, hot dogs, and ice cream. But of course, there’s lots of free fresh fruits and veggies for everyone. Looking forward to next year’s event.