Church Creek drainage improvements placed on hold

Church Creek drainage improvements placed on hold
December 04 13:43 2019 Print This Article

While the $64 million Low Battery Wall project is under construction, water storage efforts for the Church Creek drainage basin have been placed on hold. City of Charleston is doing a $250,000 study on what to do with the 4.4 acre Bridge Pointe condominium site that was set aside in 2017 through a FEMA buyout agreement. The 32 condo units flooded four times between 2015 and 2017.

Both the 2017 Church Creek Drainage Basin Study and the 2019 Dutch Dialogues study cited water storage acquisition as the key element to protecting the flood-prone properties in the basin. The Charleston County 1% transportation sales tax Greenbelt Fund could be used for that purpose.

Charleston has already set aside $23 million for the Low Battery Wall project, which calls for elevating the 0.8 mile structure near the Coast. Guard station downtown and building a park alongside it. The project would remove the existing free parking spaces that locals and tourists use to enjoy walks along the historic Battery. The water storage acquisition to protect the Church Creek basin properties would cost less than $10 million.

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