AUGUST 2022 NEWS
New and Upcoming Attractions for Greater Charleston
Two new museums are coming to downtown Charleston and new rides will be on offer at this fall’s Coastal Carolina Fair in Ladson. The Charleston Digital Corridor (CDC) has just opened the Charleston Apple Museum, with over 75 exhibits showcasing the evolution of Apple devices and related items from its 40+-year history. The museum, located at the CDC’s Flagship on Morrison Drive, is open to everyone with free admission, and the founders hope schools and children interested in technology will visit to discover how far technology has come. Donations are also accepted. Read more here. Charleston will soon welcome the $100 million International African American Museum, scheduled to open in January 2023. On the site of Gadsden’s Wharf, the museum will feature permanent and temporary exhibits, a memorial garden, a genealogy lab, programs, performances and special events. To learn more about this long-awaited museum, click here. The Exchange Club of Charleston, owner of the Coastal Carolina Fair, has partnered with a new carnival operator to provide new rides for the upcoming fall fair. The company, which has been in the amusement rides industry for 126 years, will bring around 65 rides, 10 of which have never been offered before at the Coastal Carolina Fair. To learn more, visit this page.
International Medical Company Coming to the Lowcountry
SHL Medical, a global leader in the provision of drug delivery solutions headquartered in Switzerland, has announced that it will be setting up operations in North Charleston. The company will initially invest $90 million and create around 165 new jobs, with operations planned to commence in mid-2024. The company designs, develops and manufactures drug delivery solutions to assist pharmaceutical and biotechnology companies around the world. Read more here.
Tech Advances in the Local Workplace
MUSC’s Neurology Department has started using a new technology that allows surgeons to connect with other doctors virtually via live video and audio from the operating room while performing critical procedures. In this way, the surgeon, those observing and, most importantly, the patient can all benefit from the ability to share medical expertise and experience in real time. MUSC hopes the technology will facilitate better collaboration between doctors when handling difficult procedures. To find out more, click here. Dorchester County has added a drone to their search and rescue team that has both zoom and thermal imaging capabilities. The search and rescue department believes the drone will be a very beneficial addition to their team. Read more here.
Affordable and Attainable Housing: What’s the Difference and What’s Happening Locally?
Attainablehome.com provides the following definitions for affordable and attainable housing: “Affordable housing is priced below the market value and typically requires no more than 30% of a household’s monthly income to buy (or rent). Subsidies are provided, generally by the government, to lower the cost that occupants need to pay for affordable housing… Attainable housing is housing that is affordable to those earning the Area Median Income (AMI), meaning they need to spend no more than 30% of their income on their home.” The AMI for a single person in Charleston County is currently $64,300. As home prices continue to rise in the Charleston area, affordable and attainable housing are priorities for many, including the Charleston Metro Chamber of Commerce, as seen here and here. Efforts to provide affordable and attainable housing in the area are diverse. Examples include townhomes now under construction in West Ashley townhomes with affordability of the homes linked to the buyer’s income (learn more here), a new $42 million affordable senior living complex at the former Archer School in downtown Charleston set for completion by 2024 (read more here), and a $33 million fund just approved by Charleston City Council to help lower income households pay for critical home repairs (find out more here).