North Charleston

Physical Therapy in North Charleston, SC

What Our Clients Say

What Our Clients Say

An Innovative Approach toPhysical Medicine

At Back 2 Health, we believe the very best results are achieved by giving patients personalized treatment and access to a comprehensive list of rehab services. Our doctors and physical therapists do more than treat pain - we treat patients. Our goal is to completely restore the quality of life you deserve. We accomplish that goal by using all our resources to treat your pain, from the bottoms of your feet to tips of your triceps and everything in between.

And with decades of combined experience, we understand that no two patients or their injuries are exactly the same. The causes of back pain, foot pain, arthritis pain, and other types of pain are broad and change from patient to patient. The treatment of those conditions, then, must also have a broad range of pain treatment tools.

That's why, when you trust Back 2 Health Physical Medicine, you can rest easy knowing your treatment plan is crafted for you and your body - not someone within your age and weight range.

Our team treats a wide range of conditions, including:

  • Back Pain
  • Ankle Pain
  • Foot Pain
  • Knee Pain
  • Shoulder Pain
  • Wrist Pain
  • Chronic Pain
  • Muscle Pain

By taking a focused approach to physical therapy, we can better understand your needs and the conditions causing your pain. Whether you're suffering from carpal tunnel syndrome or sciatica, our doctors and therapists have the tools and training to provide relief. And we keep doing it until you're back on your feet and back to your life.

And that, in a nutshell, is what separates Back 2 Heath from the rest of the pack: nuanced medical and physical therapy in North Charleston, SC, that helps you rediscover what healthy, pain-free living is all about. During rehab, our therapists may use resources like massage therapy, chiropractic care, and even medical injections for a more well-rounded approach to your recovery.

Enjoy Long-Term Healthwith Chiropractic Care

Many of the patients we see who are injured report that conventional methods like pain meds and surgery don't really solve their pain problems - they just mask them. When you throw in the risks associated with surgery and pain meds, alternatives like chiropractic care make a lot of sense. If you're looking for a safe, non-invasive treatment, combining the benefits of physical therapy with chiropractic adjustments is a great option for pain relief and overall well-being.

At Back 2 Health, our chiropractic physicians diagnose and treat patients with health problems associated with the body's muscular, nervous, and skeletal systems.


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The Benefits of Chiropractic Care

As the saying goes, a healthy spine equals a healthy person.

Just about every type of chiropractic care revolves around your spine. When your vertebrae are misaligned, the nerves surrounding them become compressed, resulting in pain. When a chiropractor restores your spine's natural alignment, it reduces your pain and other medical symptoms. To achieve pain relief, Back 2 Health chiropractors use focused pressure to restore healthy vertebrae motion and loosen frozen joints. This process allows the nerves along your spine to properly function and carry messages to and from your brain.

There are many benefits of using chiropractic care alongside physical therapy in North Charleston, SC, and other solutions like massage therapy. Some of the most common benefits of chiropractic care include:

Less Neck Pain

Less Neck Pain

Sitting in one spot for hours or frequently bending at work can cause horrendous neck pain. Whether from work or a car accident, our chiropractors ease that pain by realigning your spine, which reduces the tension on your neck.

Eases Back Pain

Eases Back Pain

The American College of Physicians says that doctors should recommend non-medical treatments for back pain prior to surgery. Chiropractic care helps tremendously in this regard, correcting subluxations through techniques like spinal decompression.

Helps Relieve Headaches

Helps Relieve Headaches

If you suffer from tension headaches that start in your upper spine or neck, chiropractic care may be the solution you need for relief.

Can Help Prevent Opioid Reliance

Can Help Prevent Opioid Reliance

Unfortunately, many people with back pain become addicted to pain meds like opiates. However, a study by the NIH found that adults who visited a chiropractor weren't as likely to receive an opioid prescription for pain when compared to those who only visited a medical doctor.

The Back 2 Health Chiropractic Care Process

Our team of chiropractic doctors excels at finding and analyzing improper vertebrae placement. Once those areas are discovered, they use advanced techniques to correct subluxations, returning your body to its proper alignment. This strategy is key in correcting vertebral subluxation complex, which can affect your long-term health and how your body functions.

Like other practitioners, our chiropractors follow common standards and procedures to diagnose and treat you with chiropractic care. On your first visit, we'll get your medical history, conduct physical, orthopedic, and neurological examinations, and may order lab tests for further info. We may also use X-rays and other essential tools to focus on your spine and its proper function.

If needed, our chiropractors may conduct a postural and spinal analysis to discover if vertebral dysfunction is affecting your nervous system or causing a skeletal imbalance, which lowers disease resistance and causes additional pain.


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Enjoy Long-Term Healthwith Chiropractic Care

Massage has been used for thousands of years to promote relaxation and relieve pain. And while most people think of getting a massage as a treat, purposeful massage therapy demonstrates an incredible ability to heal and restore overall wellness. In fact, modern applications have been proven to be very effective when used to supplement physical therapy. A complete review by the Institute of Work and Health found that massage had measurable effects vs. placebo treatments. That's excellent news for patients who need physical therapy to help heal injuries.

The benefits of massage therapy for issues like back pain and shoulder pain are numerous and include the following:

  • Improved Circulation - Massage therapy helps blood move through congested areas, improving your body's ability to function.
  • Accelerated Injury Recovery - Rehabbing an injury can be a long, arduous process. Massage therapy accelerates your recovery, keeps you relaxed, and helps motivate you to continue physical therapy in North Charleston, SC.
  • Help with High Blood Pressure - Massages have been shown to lower your blood pressure in an all-natural way.
  • Better Posture - Weather due to an unresolved injury or aging, stiff and overworked muscles often result in bad posture. Massage can help relax your muscles and tendons, bringing your body back to its original alignment.
  • Improved Athletic Performance - Athletes who endure minor injuries on the court or field use massage to recover faster, allowing them to get back to training so they can improve.
  • Complementary Treatments - At Back 2 Health, we use massage to complement other services that our clinic offers, such as physical therapy, chiropractic care, and medical injections for pain or inflammation.
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Our physical therapy clinic offers several types of massages, including:

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Deep Tissue Massage

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Myofascial Release

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Neuromuscular Therapy

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Sports Massage

What Conditions Are Treated with Massage Therapy?

If you're suffering from a long-term condition like neck pain, back pain, shoulder pain, or arm pain, massage therapy could be a great option to consider. Though massage can't always solve issues like inflammation, it can help relieve painful symptoms and works very well when used as part of the multi-discipline approach at Back 2 Health Physical Medicine.

Massage can help treat many conditions, such as:

  • Compressed Nerves
  • Carpal Tunnel Syndrome
  • Migraines
  • Sciatica
  • Muscle Tension
  • Tennis Elbow
  • Frozen Shoulder
  • General Physical Pain of the Neck, Back, Shoulders
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Inflammation & Joint Injections: Pain Relief When You Need It Most

If we're being honest, few people look forward to a medical procedure that involves needles. But the proper injection may reduce or even eliminate joint, nerve, muscle, or spinal pain plaguing you for years, all within a few hours. At Back 2 Health, we combine medical injections for immediate relief with other treatments like physical therapy in North Charleston, SC, that repair factors causing inflammation in your body, providing permanent results.

In many cases, inflammation is a good thing - it helps heal injuries and subsides when the healing process is finished. In many cases, however, inflammation doesn't go away. It actually becomes counterproductive, causing severe pain, swelling, restricted movement, and even structural damage that prevents normal bodily function.

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What Are Inflammation and Joint Injections?

Joint and inflammation injections from Back 2 Health help relieve pain and inflammation by reducing blood flow and limiting immune system cells at the affected joint. These injections typically contain a corticosteroid and an anesthetic. The corticosteroid helps with inflammation by limiting blood vessel dilation, while the anesthetic helps with immediate relief of pain.

Generally, joint and inflammation injections can serve two purposes: for pain relief and for diagnostic purposes. As a diagnostic tool, these injections can help our doctors identify the source of pain you're enduring. As a pain reliever, injections help reduce inflammation around the affected joint, providing localized pain relief with few, if any, side effects.


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What Are the Benefits of Inflammation and Joint Injections?

Patients who qualify for medical injections from Back 2 Health enjoy a number of short and long-term benefits, including:

  • Quick Relief - If you're suffering from intense pain, an inflammation injection may provide relief before you leave our physical medicine clinic in South Carolina.
  • Localized - Because these injections can be applied to a specific body part, like your knee, your irritation can be solved without affecting your whole body.
  • Long Lasting - One medical injection at our office can help with pain and inflammation for weeks, not hours.
  • More Movement - If you're suffering from severe inflammation, an injection from Back 2 Health can help restore your range of motion.
  • Dependability - Medical injections should still work even if you have grown accustomed to pain medicines and opiates.
  • Side Effects - Unlike invasive surgeries, you won't have to miss days or weeks away from work so that you can recover.

Patients at Back 2 Health Physical Medicine use joint and inflammation injections for a variety of conditions, such as:

  • Pinched Nerves
  • Back Pain
  • Neck Pain
  • Hip Pain
  • Inflammation
  • Chronic Pain
  • Sciatica
  • Joint Pain Due to Injuries
  • Shoulder Inflammation
  • Much More

Trust the Back 2 Health Difference for Physical Therapy in North Charleston, SC

If you're looking for a truly personalized, complete approach to physical therapy and pain relief, contact Back 2 Health Physical Medicine today. As a team, we analyze every new patient's case and craft a customized medical treatment plan tailored to their needs. But unlike other "pain" clinics, we don't rely on one form of therapy.

Our doctors and specialists use massage therapy, chiropractic therapy, medical injections, and other treatments to give you long-term relief - not a short-term "band-aid" that only lasts for a few days. If surgery and opiates are off the table, contact our office to learn more about the Back 2 Health physical therapy difference.

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Latest News in North Charleston, SC

Development plans could transform North Charleston 30 years after losing naval base

NORTH CHARLESTON — It’s been more than 30 years since the Lowcountry learned the Charleston Naval Base would close, shutting down the tri-county’s largest employer where generations had worked.“It was like the whole city lost its job, that’s how traumatic it was,” said Navy veteran Don Campagna, who handles history and archives for North Charleston. “People had a sense of security, and that was taken away.”Three decades later, people are learning what the future has in store for t...

NORTH CHARLESTON — It’s been more than 30 years since the Lowcountry learned the Charleston Naval Base would close, shutting down the tri-county’s largest employer where generations had worked.

“It was like the whole city lost its job, that’s how traumatic it was,” said Navy veteran Don Campagna, who handles history and archives for North Charleston. “People had a sense of security, and that was taken away.”

Three decades later, people are learning what the future has in store for the north end of the former base in what is to be called Battery Park. It’s poised to become North Charleston’s new urban center, with development across the northern base that would connect the Park Circle area to the city’s south end with businesses, entertainment and thousands of new residences.

The development scale rivals some of the largest in the greater Charleston area: 3,000 to 4,500 new residences along with a minimum of 825,000 square feet — possibly much more — of commercial space that will include entertainment venues, restaurants, shops and offices.

“I think what it does is it gives us an opportunity to create the first, true downtown environment that we’ve ever had,” said outgoing Mayor Keith Summey, who is finishing his final term after first being elected in 1994. “It’s something we’ve been working on for more than 20 years.”

The plans combine a huge private redevelopment project on the north end of the former base that started in 2021, called Navy Yard Charleston, with the city’s vision for Battery Park.

Battery Park is a 70-acre waterfront site directly north of Noisette Creek, where the city has so far acquired 37 acres from the Department of Defense and is expected to gain control of 21 more.

North Charleston is selling the 37 acres for nearly $10.5 million, which does not include roughly 10 acres that will be used for roads, parks and other infrastructure. The other 21 acres of federal Department of Defense property, which North Charleston expects to own, could be sold to the developers for $400,000 per acre, or another $8.4 million.

The developers, responding to the city’s request for bids this year, said they want to “create a central business district with a never-ending stream of energy that will come to define North Charleston.”

An $8 million pedestrian bridge linking the area to Riverfront Park was a built in anticipation of the development to come.

Jobs, homes and taxes

According to the “master developer” group North Charleston has picked, both the Battery Park and Navy Yard Charleston plans together could create 17,300 construction jobs, 11,900 permanent jobs and $57.4 million in annual tax revenue.

The city had been in contract negotiations with the developers — Jamestown L.P., WECCO and Weaver Capital Joint Venture — since June. A final vote on a development contract is expected Dec. 14. City Council initially voted 7-3 last week in favor of the deal.

The agreement would cover both the city’s Battery Park plan and the developers’ Navy Yard Charleston plan, which add up to about 130 acres.

“It all blends together,” said Summey. “I think an important part is the agreement on affordable housing.”

The contract requires that 17 percent — or more than 500 relatively affordable spaces — of what could be nearly 3,000 residential units built at Battery Park be affordable to people earning no more than 120 percent of the area’s median income. A family bringing in that amount could earn about $120,000 yearly.

“It will be good for somebody, but not necessarily existing residents,” said Rev. Bill Stanfield, leader of the south end nonprofit group Metanoia, whose mission includes creating affordable housing.

Stanfield said the development plan will bring needed jobs and services, but that it will surely raises rents, too. In some south end neighborhoods, more than 80 percent of homes are owned by landlords.

“I think folks both see it as an opportunity and a threat,” he said.

At least, said Stanfield, all the development could result in the south end finally getting a full-service grocery store, a major need for the area.

The north-south divide

Efforts to redevelop the 1,575-acre industrial waterfront of the former Navy base have been going on for three decades, some more successful than others. Throughout, there was a push-pull between a desire for heavy industry on the former base and North Charleston’s goal of redeveloping a large portion for homes, shops, offices and parks.

As 2023 draws to a close, the dividing line has become clear.

The majority of the base, from the 286-acre Leatherman Terminal at the south end up to roughly McMillan Avenue, is a home for shipping and maritime use, industry, warehousing, research and a rail yard. The northernmost part, generally from McMillan to the end of Noisette Boulevard on Virginia Avenue, is the focus of public and private redevelopment efforts involving homes, shops, offices and parks.

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“This is a vision of the quality of life for this community,” Summey said — in 1998, two years after the base closed.

Three years later, in 2001, the Noisette plan was announced, aiming to redevelop 350 acres on the north end of the base but also thousands of acres nearby. That effort failed during the Great Recession, as did many large development plans in the Charleston area. The Noisette plan, however, did yield Riverfront Park and other victories.

“It wasn’t a bad plan,” Summey said Dec. 12. “They just ended up not being able to fulfill their goals.”

To avoid some of the problems seen when Noisette failed, such as on-base properties going into foreclosure and mostly ending up in private hands, North Charleston can buy back the Battery Park land at the same price — $400,000 per acre — the developers are paying if development goals aren’t met, according to the deal.

Access to the water

Access to the waterfront may not seem like a lofty goal for a city bordered by two rivers. But, as Summey pointed out a quarter century ago, North Charleston’s only access to the Cooper River had long been a small boat ramp under the Don Holt Bridge. At the time, the mayor was fighting a plan to build a bulk cargo terminal.

North Charleston won that fight, and the area where a cargo terminal had been proposed will instead be a public pier as part of the Battery Park plan.

Redeveloping Battery Park, between Virginia Avenue and the Cooper River, would create a link between the Park Circle area and the Cooper River, Riverfront Park and the redeveloping base just south.

“The key important thing in the agreement is that the city will always maintain ownership of the waterfront,” said Summey.

It’s a larger redevelopment effort than it seems because the same developers already own the heart of the northern base area, including many of the historic buildings. Two of the developers, WECCO and Weaver, also own the former Charleston Naval Hospital at Rivers and McMillan avenues — the tallest building in the city, where renovation plans call for hundreds of apartments.

Here’s the proposed schedule for construction, starting next year, according to the developers’ timeline:

Over nine years, the project schedule calls for 2,958 new residences and 891,800 square feet of commercial space — assuming North Charleston gets title to the remaining 21 acres of federal land.

That part could prove complicated, because new replacement facilities would first have to be built for the federal government.

“I think the issue is going to be, how much does it cost to build that?” said Summey. “Any time you’re talking about a makeover of federal property, it’s not a fast process.”

Historic homes

In addition to Battery Park and Navy Yard Charleston, there’s one more connecting piece. That is the city’s Olmsted Park plan on the former base, which calls for restoring 12 existing homes and developing 31 in an area that had been used for officers’ housing, adjacent to Riverfront Park.

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Together, the three base-related redevelopments would add thousands of residences and untold numbers of businesses and offices, along with destination entertainment and dining.

“I think the idea is to create an exciting, aspirational place for people to work and live and be entertained,” Michael Phillips, president of Jamestown, said in 2021.

Phillips and Weaver were unavailable for comment this week, a spokeswoman for the companies said.

The Noisette plan announced in 2001 may have been ahead of its time. But 20 years later, when Navy Yard Charleston was announced, the rapid growth and development throughout the tri-county area had increasingly made North Charleston a central location, one where land and housing were generally less costly.

For the Battery Park plan, North Charleston will charge the developers $400,000 per buildable acre on the waterfront, not counting land that will be used for roads and infrastructure. That’s a fraction of the cost of land on the Charleston peninsula or in Mount Pleasant.

Federal Opportunity Zone status, a special city tax district, and historic renovation tax credits are all expected to play a role in the base redevelopment.

HOT PROPERTIES: Tenant found for North Charleston retail center

Casey Lowery of Adams Property Group represented the landlord, Gas Lite LLC, in the lease of a 4,130-square-foot retail space at 5605 A Rivers Ave., Gas Lite Square, in North Charleston to Stantec Consulting Services Inc., doing business as SC DOT. The landlord is an affiliate of Adams Property Group.Hot Properties highlights recently sold or leased commercial properties in the Charleston region. Send in your transactions using our onl...

Casey Lowery of Adams Property Group represented the landlord, Gas Lite LLC, in the lease of a 4,130-square-foot retail space at 5605 A Rivers Ave., Gas Lite Square, in North Charleston to Stantec Consulting Services Inc., doing business as SC DOT. The landlord is an affiliate of Adams Property Group.

Hot Properties highlights recently sold or leased commercial properties in the Charleston region. Send in your transactions using our online form.

Other commercial real estate deals included a sale by Trey Zimmerman of Coldwell Banker Commercial Atlantic, who represented the seller, WHD Properties LLC, in the sale of a 4,400-suare-foot office space for $900,000 at 718 Wappoo Road in Charleston. David Mantek of Matt O’Neill Real Estate represented the buyer, Marcus A. LLC.

Jing “Julia” Donovan and Trey Davis of Coldwell Banker Commercial Atlantic represented the tenant SureRock USA Corp. in the lease of 20,400-square-feet of warehouse space at 4068 Fernandina Road B in Columbia. William Durham of William Durham Co. represented the landlord, Gemini Associates LLC.

Coldwell Banker Commercial Atlantic negotiated a 15,500-square-foot, long-term lease transaction for Sav A Lot grocery at Montague Corners in North Charleston. David Hochberg of Coldwell Banker Commercial Atlantic was the only broker for the transaction, representing the tenant. The Sav A Lot will be located at 5060 Dorchester Road.

Jenna Philipp of Palmetto Commercial Properties represented the landlord, Commercial Rental Solutions LLC, in the lease of 1,685 square feet of retail space at 1305 Ashley River Road in Charleston to Joanaland LLC . Anne Lawless of Cityvolve Commercial Realty represented the tenant.

Robert Pratt and Brett Rashtchian of Re/Max Southern Shores represented the seller in the sale of 31,335 square feet on eight acres of industrial space at 9550 Highway 78 in Ladson $7.6 million. Megan Anderson of Woodlock Capital represented the buyer.

Jenna Philipp of Palmetto Commercial Properties LLC represented the tenant, 937 Wappoo Rd LLC, in the lease of 800 square feet of office space at 937 Wappoo Road.

Callie Griffin of Palmetto Commercial Properties LLC represented the tenant in the lease of 9,700 square feet of industrial space at 422 Industrial Drive in Summerville, to Callie Griffin. J. Edward Buxton of Palmetto Commercial Properties LLC represented the landlord.

Casey Lowery of Adams Property Group represented the landlord, Gas Lite LLC, in the lease of 3,955 square feet of retail space at 5611 Rivers Ave. in North Charleston to Nostalgic Enterprises LLC, doing business as Skybox. Jay Rodger of Trident Commercial Inc. represented the tenant.

Casey Lowery of Adams Property Group LLC represented the landlord, 1204 Fording Island Road LLC, in the lease of 5,000 square feet of industrial space at 1204 Fording Island Road in Bluffton to LEEDS LLC.

Casey Lowery of Adams Property Group LLC represented the landlord, Hunt Club Medical LLC, in the lease of 2,564 square feet of retail space at 1184 Bees Ferry Road in West Ashley to NailsInspiration and Spa LLC.

2023 North Charleston Business Expo

The North Charleston Business Expo showcases regional companies and offers the business community a rare opportunity to network with over 200 companies & thousands of attendees.KICKOFF BREAKFAST – CHARLESTON’S SUPPLY CHAIN EVOLUTION: NAVIGATING TODAY’S LANDSCAPE – 7:30 am – 9:00 amJoin us for a special event to open the Expo. Along with networking and breakfast, we’ll have a panel discussion featuring supply chain experts from a variety of backgrounds. Panelists include Taylor Jac...

The North Charleston Business Expo showcases regional companies and offers the business community a rare opportunity to network with over 200 companies & thousands of attendees.

KICKOFF BREAKFAST – CHARLESTON’S SUPPLY CHAIN EVOLUTION: NAVIGATING TODAY’S LANDSCAPE – 7:30 am – 9:00 am

Join us for a special event to open the Expo. Along with networking and breakfast, we’ll have a panel discussion featuring supply chain experts from a variety of backgrounds. Panelists include Taylor Jackson from the SC Council on Competitiveness, a local manufacturing executive and a representative from the South Carolina Ports Authority. Ticketed event.

POWER LUNCH – TRANSPORTATION – 11:30 am – 1:00 pm

WHEELS UP: Exploring the Future of Mobility. For the first time, Japan-based SkyDrive and South Carolina economic development officials will gather to discuss the company’s vision for a statewide advanced air mobility ecosystem through its ‘flying car’ technology, placing the Palmetto State at the forefront of the future of mobility. Ticketed event.

CAREER OPPORTUNITY CENTER – PRESENTED BY CHARLESTON COUNTY ECONOMIC DEVELOPMENT 9:00 AM – 4:00 PM

Workforce development is critically important to the business community. As our community continues to enjoy economic growth, many employers are looking for qualified employees. Stop by and meet these employers and learn more about opportunities to join these exciting teams.

CONTACTS TO CONTRACTS 9:00 AM – 4:00 PM

Looking to start a new business relationship? Small business owners will have the opportunity to showcase their goods and services to local, state, and federal government contracting agencies at this annual matchmaking event. Businesses will also have the opportunity to seek advice from several specialized small business resource agencies.

NONPROFIT PAVILION – 9:00 AM – 4:00 PM

Nonprofits are vital to the success of any region. In the Lowcountry, we’re blessed with a robust nonprofit community. Our Nonprofit Pavilion will feature a variety of nonprofit organizations. Stop by and learn more about their impact on the community and how you can get involved.

EXPERIENCE THE EXPO 9:00 AM – 4:00 PM

Explore the Expo floor and meet hundreds of local businesses and business owners exhibiting their products and services. Connect with others in the business community, including small-business entrepreneurs and top executives.

NETWORKING RECEPTION 4:00 PM – 5:30 PM

Meet with hundreds of professionals, business owners, and entrepreneurs from across the region. Food, drinks, and live music will be provided. Come and enjoy one of the best Business Networking events in the Lowcountry. This is a great place to generate fresh leads and sales.

EXPO PRESENTED BY:

Charleston Regional Business Journal | City of North Charleston

EXPO SPONSORED BY:

Charleston County Economic Development | Network Controls

EXPO PARTNERS:

Coldwell Banker Commercial Atlantic | North Charleston Chamber of Commerce | Stingray Branding

KICKOFF BREAKFAST AND POWER LUNCH SPONSORED BY:

Charleston County Economic Development | HLA

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North Charleston looking for a new flag

North Charleston has no shortage of talented artists and city Mayor Keith Summey is calling on creative minds for help.In honor of North Charleston’s 50th anniversary this year, the mayor seeks to redesign the city flag, which Summey said is complex and lacks real connection to the community.“We aim to create a beautiful flag that rep...

North Charleston has no shortage of talented artists and city Mayor Keith Summey is calling on creative minds for help.

In honor of North Charleston’s 50th anniversary this year, the mayor seeks to redesign the city flag, which Summey said is complex and lacks real connection to the community.

“We aim to create a beautiful flag that represents North Charleston as a community,” Summey said, and he wants the community to create it.

North Charleston’s current flag is too complex, the mayor said, with the city’s organizational seal over a solid background and writing in three different typefaces.

“This flag is similar to thousands of city flags around the country and violates the basic principles of flag design,” Summey said.

Guiding principles for the new design should follow the five basic elements of good flag design published by the North American Vexillological Association:

1. Keep it simple: The design should be enough that a child can draw it from memory.

2. Use meaningful symbolism: Images, colors or patterns should relate to what the flag symbolizes.

3. Use two to three basic colors: Limit the number of colors to three standard colors which contrast well.

4. No lettering or seals: Never incorporate writing of any kind or an organization’s seal.

5. Be distinctive or related: Avoid duplicating other flags, but use similarities to show connections.

Examples and further details can be found online at the city’s website.

“Your design should follow the principles of flag design with understanding of a flag created by and for the community,” Summey said. “One that the resulting flag would be an appealing and unifying symbol of our city.”

Submission guidelines require a sketch or design that is 6”x4” and includes the five basic flag design guidelines.

Submissions, and questions, can be emailed to [email protected]. Entries must include your name and a description of the design.

The deadline for flag submissions is March 17.

“Help us design a flag that incorporates ideas, themes and symbols that uniquely define North Charleston. All design, idea and input are welcome from residents and others invested in our community,” Summey said.

North Charleston takes next step in old Navy Base redevelopment plan

NORTH CHARLESTON, S.C. (WCBD) – Redevelopment will soon begin on another large portion of the old North Charleston Navy Base property.If you have visited Riverfront Park in North Charleston, you may have walked across the new pedestrian bridge – sometimes called the bridge to nowhere – but the property on the other side of Noisette Creek will soon no longer be referred to as “nowhere.” ...

NORTH CHARLESTON, S.C. (WCBD) – Redevelopment will soon begin on another large portion of the old North Charleston Navy Base property.

If you have visited Riverfront Park in North Charleston, you may have walked across the new pedestrian bridge – sometimes called the bridge to nowhere – but the property on the other side of Noisette Creek will soon no longer be referred to as “nowhere.”

“The City of North Charleston (has) been looking to redevelop the Navy Base since the navy base closed in the late 90s. There’s been some successes, some failures – and the latest effort has been—I’ve been working on it for years,” said Adam MacConnell, senior project manager for North Charleston.

North Charleston City Council approved a plan Monday night that would allow Jamestown LLC to redevelop the property that is owned by North Charleston from Virginia Avenue towards the river.

It would be a more than $1 billion project.

“We really wanted to get this done before Mayor Summey left because, really, he came in during the closure of the base and was a huge leader in the region during that time, which was really a crisis for the region,” MacConnell said.

3,000 residential units, including apartments, will be part of the plan.

“For us, it’s an opportunity to create a central business district like a downtown center for North Charleston. A true downtown. We have the old village, and it has been wonderful- it’s a great, great community that is built around there. Other than that, we have Tanger. We have some of the mall areas. But we don’t have a real downtown. And to be able to create a downtown area with waterfront access to the public that has places for people to work, live, to eat, to play.”

State Representatives Marvin Pendarvis and Wendell Gilliard released statements about the plans. They want 30% of the contracts for work to go to minority-owned businesses, and 30% of the residential properties to be affordable housing.

“The agreement that we have provides an aspirational goal of 15% disadvantaged business enterprise participation,” he said,

The agreement provides at least 17% of the units for workforce housing, meaning rent would be kept where people making 120% of the area median income could afford it.

Reps. Pendarvis and Gilliard also want Mayor-elect Reggie Burgess, and the new council, to have a chance to review the plans.

“This project has taken 30 years and it’s going to take 30 more years to build this project out. Every administration from now through the end of this project is going to have an opportunity to put their mark on it,” said Mac Connell.

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