In October, the North Charleston City Council voted unanimously to give the family of Walter Scott a $6.5 million wrongful death settlement. It was one of the largest settlements related to a police shooting and attracted national attention.
Now, as a way to “shore up its coffers,” as Post and Courier staffer Brenda Rindge reports, North Charleston is selling city-owned land at auction on Aug. 4. The largest is a tract of undeveloped land on Noisette Creek, not far from other properties the city acquired to preserve green space along the creek. The lots include 17 acres on South Rhett Avenue, zoned multifamily residential; 5 acres on Mazyck Road, zoned multifamily residential; 5.5 acres on Melbourne Avenue, zoned general business; and .25 acres on Durant Avenue, zoned single family residential.
“Property values are higher than they’ve ever been,” Mayor Keith Summey said. “We don’t know how long they’re going to stay there, so if we’re going to get rid of this property, now is the time for us to do it and utilize the opportunity to replenish some of the funds that we have spent.”