Charleston, SC

North Central Neighborhood Plan

Charleston, SC

North Central Neighborhood Plan

The North Central Neighborhood of Charleston is a historically African-American neighborhood of 5,000 residents on the rapidly gentrifying Charleston peninsula. In 2014, the Historic Charleston Foundation hired czb to review its Neighborhood Revitalization Initiative for this neighborhood.

  Team Members: Rob Krupicka, Charles Buki, Karen Beck Pooley, Andrea Weinberg, Peter Lombardi
  Services: Housing Analysis, Facilitation Services, Report Creation

“How can the North Central neighborhood of Charleston improve without displacing long-time residents?”

Population

Median Household Income

%

of adults have a bachelor's degree or higher

%

of all households live in poverty

Assessment & analysis.

Through field surveys of about 6,000 structures, analysis of residential sales and wage data, and input from community forums, czb was able to tease out the interplay between housing investments in the neighborhood and housing price appreciation that threatened to displace longtime and lower-income renters and homeowners in the neighborhood.

New policies adopted.

The Historic Charleston Foundation is working with local partners to move forward with a Community Land Trust in the North Central neighborhood, based on czb’s final recommendations.

Good decision-making.

Charleston held a Mayor’s Forum on Affordability to discuss city-wide steps for increasing home affordability. Charles Buki from czb moderated the conversation with key city leaders..

“All of these cultures together is what make Charleston the dynamic place it is and we’re losing that. It’s a sad day when we have a world class city that’s not very world class because of our housing issues.”

Our analysis clarified housing market strength in different subareas within the North Central neighborhood, highlighted areas in need of significant investment and housing upgrades, and showed how these needs aligned with Foundation programs.

Our final report presented a unique blend of analysis and strategy that examined housing affordability in the context of both neighborhood development and equity. The plan suggested coupling any increased preservation or home repair activities with long-term affordability strategies for the neighborhood, including developing a community land trust in North Central with support from the City of Charleston and area non-profits.

czb’s final report presented a unique blend of analysis and strategy that examined housing affordability in the context of both neighborhood development and equity.

The plan suggested coupling any increased preservation or home repair activities with long-term affordability strategies for the neighborhood, including developing a community land trust in North Central with support from the City of Charleston and area non-profits.

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