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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 firstname.lastname@example.org
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.
Founder of BNC Honored Community Service Award
Patty Scarafile, the retired CEO of Carolina One Real Estate Services, was honored by the South Carolina Realtors® Association with the C. Dan Joyner Community Service Award. The award is given annually to members whose values represent the utmost in Realtor® professionalism, compassion, and volunteerism, and is named in honor of the late upstate Realtor® and philanthropist, C. Dan Joyner.
A Realtor® since the mid-seventies, Patty Scarafile understands the importance that housing and home ownership has on a community, and in contrast, what the lack of home ownership can mean. Having retired from day-to-day operations at Carolina One Real Estate, Patty searched for a way to use her skills to help others. That is when Bridge North Charleston was created, with the goal of creating a non-profit partnership between residents, community leaders, business, government, and existing non-profit organizations, united by and committed to a common goal to revitalize an underserved neighborhood into a safe, healthy, racially equitable, vibrant, and sustainable community.
Bridge North Charleston’s specific mission is to facilitate the holistic revitalization of the Hub Village and Accabee neighborhoods in lower North Charleston, SC. The primary focuses of Bridge North Charleston are to provide affordable housing opportunities, and scholarships to Trident Technical College to residents in this under-resourced North Charleston community.
Like she has for years in leading Carolina One Real Estate, Patty rolled up her sleeves and seized an opportunity to affect change by purchasing a parcel of land and donating it, in its entirety, to Bridge North Charleston. Her concept was to use a hub-and-spoke model centered on the construction of twenty condominiums, a mixture of two-and three-bedroom units, on a small tract of vacant property located within the HUB and Accabee neighborhoods near Azalea Drive and Cosgrove Avenue. Her vision is that the new construction would serve as the genesis of revitalization for the neighborhood, not only in housing, but in all basic needs essential to a healthy vibrant community and one that could be replicated in other underserved neighborhoods.
A 1966 graduate of the College of Charleston with a degree in English, Patty Scarafile taught at St. Andrews High School before entering a career in real estate. The mother of four children and grandmother to seven, Patty resides in Mt. Pleasant and enjoys reading and traveling. For more information about Bridge North Charleston or to get involved, visit the website www.bridgenorthcharleston.org.
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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.
Charleston We Have A Builder Builder Center Park Homes
Great news! The site plans are out for bid. This is really going to happen!! Center Park Homes is going to be the builder. The bad news? Here comes the really hard part, fundraising. Ugh… wish us luck. Let the work begin!
First BNC TTC Scholarship for Accabee and Hub Village Residents
Today is our first Trident Technical College scholarship application deadline. We had two applicants! It’s so exciting to see this coming to fruition.
The Concerned Citizens of Accabee TTC Scholarship Opportunity
Trident Technical College’s Helen Sughrue is guest presenter at the Concerned Citizens of Accabee monthly meeting. She is outlining the TTC Scholarships opportunity for Accabee and Hub Village residents. For more information about CCA please visit their Facebook page by clicking the following link.
Becoming An Official Non-Profit Grayson Law Firm
Grayson Law Firm assists Bridge North Charleston in applications for 501(c)3 approval. It’s a lengthy process that could take a year or more. Here’s hoping for some good luck and speedy process.
Closing on the Meridian Land November 2021
Oh yeah! It wasn’t smooth or easy but we made it through to the other side. Closing on the Meridian property! The seven acres were selected because of its vacancy, no residents being displaced. Engineering and architectural plans are underway. Tremendous progress, WOOHOO!!!
Charleston We Have A Board Forming the Board of Directors
It’s official! BNC has a Board of Directors: Latarsha Giles, President of The Concerned Citizens of Accabee; Will Jenkinson, Broker in Charge at Carolina One Real Estate; Patty Scarafile, Founder and President of Bridge North Charleston; Tammy Wilson, Community and Economic Consultant; Henrietta Woodard, Executive Director of Community First Land Trust; Julie Scarafile, Community and School Volunteer (non-voting member); and Mary Thornley, President of Trident Technical College (unpaid consultant).
The Icing On The Cake BNC Scholarship Opportunities
Great on campus meeting with TTC President Mary Thornley discussing Bridge North Charleston’s scholarship opportunities. Requirements: high school diploma or GED, must be a resident of Accabee or Hub Village, for all ages with no grade requirements.
But the icing on the cake, President Thornley is so excited about BNC’s vision that she offered to be an unpaid consultant! Having Thornley on our team is HUGE! And Helen Sughrue, Executive Assistant for TTC President’s Office, is the go-to person for our applicants! Paperwork can feel daunting, but Helen will walk our applicants through it all!
Learning about all that TTC has to offer was impressive. There are nine-week certification programs and two-year associate degree programs … but there’s so much more with sprinkles on top, BNC’s scholarship applies to all of it.
Chatting With Mayor Keith Summey Gifting the Residual Wetlands
Another productive and positive meeting with Mayor Summey and Shannon Praete. BRIDGE is proposing the idea of gifting the residual wetlands and buffer zone, to the City of North Charleston, in exchange for the City developing a pedestrian playground and park with access off Azalea Drive. The City would assume maintenance and liability. Mayor Summey’s response was favorable.
Pro Bono Architectural Services Glick/Boehm & Associates, Inc.
We are blown away!!! Glick/Boehm & Associates have generously offered to do the architectural plans for the North Bridge townhomes PRO BONO!!! Are you kidding me right now!?! Absolutely amazing!!! The twenty families who will be the homeowners are incredibly grateful! Special thank you to Billy Bishop and Shawn Mellin.
Coastal Community Foundation A Huge Debt of Gratitude
It’s tough when you don’t know what you don’t know! It takes a lot of time and effort – not to mention the endless forms – to secure non-profit status. In the meantime, thank God for the Coastal Community Foundation. They agreed to be our fiscal sponsor! Translation, they are comfortable with BNC operating under their 501(c)3 status until we receive our own. Special thank you to Darrin Goss and Kaela Hammon of CCF!
Your Our Only Hope We Need You, Mayor Keith Summey
Meeting with North Charleston Mayor Keith Summey and Shannon Praete to share our vision for a new community and asking for the city’s help. Whew!!! both seem to be excited. Now we need to earn the trust of the residents. The Concerned Citizens of Accabee invited us to their monthly Zoom meeting. Fingers crossed.
Land Ho February 2021
The question is … where? has an answer. It must be a “God Thing!” Approximately seven acres of vacant land is for sale in Hub Village on Meridian Road, just off Azalea Drive. In the adjacent neighborhood, Accabee, there are a more than 250 households. Some of the land are wetlands. Due diligence begins to determine if we can build twenty townhomes on the land. Earthsource Engineering and Attorney David Crawford, HELP!
Racial Disparities in Homeownership Wealth Gap and the Impacts of COVID-19
After Congress had rejected two earlier versions of the Civil Rights Act of 1968, commonly known as the Fair Housing Act, the third version appeared to be going nowhere prior to the April 4th 1968 assassination of Martin Luther King, Jr. It was that crystalizing moment and the resulting civil unrest that spread across the country, which led to President Lyndon B. Johnson signing the Fair Housing Act into law on April 11, 1968. It was the first time that Congress declared it illegal for private individuals to discriminate on the basis of race in the sale or rental of housing.
Today, more than half a century later we continue to experience social unrest and protests centered on issues of equality, equal justice and systemic racism in the midst of a pandemic with racially disproportionate impacts.
Let’s look at the wealth gap and consider that, in 1968, a typical middle-class black household had $6,674 in wealth compared with $70,786 for the typical middle-class white household, according to data from the historical Survey of Consumer Finances that has been adjusted for inflation. In 2016, the typical middle-class black household had $13,024 in wealth versus $149,703 for the median white household, an even larger gap in percentage terms that what it was nearly 50 years ago.
Now consider this: the net worth of a homeowner is 41 times greater than that of a renter.
Why focus on housing? For starters, housing, along with food and clothing and the most primary of our basic needs. However, housing is so much more than that.
In fact, Americans’ primary residences account for about 25 percent of their overall wealth, more than any other asset. Homeownership remains a cornerstone of the American Dream, helps build strong communities and drive the U.S. economy. If homeownership helps provide both a stable foundation and a much needed economic tailwind for so many, we should be alarmed and concerned about the racial disparities in homeownership. In fact, according to the U.S. Census Bureau survey, the African American homeownership rate at the end of the second quarter was 47%. While this number represented the highest levels since 2008, it trails the 76% homeownership rate for non-Hispanic whites by 29 percentage points. This disparity fundamentally limits the ability of African American renters to build equity and long term generational wealth. Long term systematic renting also means that each year these renters are forced to pay both higher rent, in real dollars, and to commit an ever increasing percentage of their income to housing as rent often increase faster than real wages.
Given this gap in wealth equality and homeownership percentages, it helps us understand why 41 percent of Black-owned businesses have been closed by COVID-19, compared to just 17 percent of white-owned businesses according to research at the University of California, Santa Cruz. In reality, if you need $20,000 in order to keep the doors open and you have a net worth of $150,000, much of which may be in your home, you might be able to figure out a way to make it happen. If you are a renter and have a net worth under $15,000, it is nearly impossible. While overt racism in housing has long since been illegal, the disparities in home ownership among African Americans perpetuates long standing inequalities in all areas of society. When the homeownership rate is equal for all races we will have achieved real progress towards “fair housing.”
As seen in The Post and Courier on Sept 5th, 2020