Study predicts Charleston will need more than 13k apartment unit - WMBFNews.com, Myrtle Beach/Florence SC, Weather

Study predicts Charleston will need more than 13k apartment units by 2030

CHARLESTON, SC (WCSC) -

A study commissioned by a hotel advocacy group estimates that the Charleston area will need 13,388 new apartment units over the next 13 years to house all the people moving in town.

It's hard to tell if the city will reach that number.

City officials say there is an apartment boom right now with at least six apartment buildings in the works for downtown Charleston.

The study is on WeAreApartments.org.

The demands for apartments are on rise and Charleston is seeing on average about 34 people moving to Charleston every day.

The study also says it's easier to build apartments in Charleston because of lenient rules, however the planning director for the city, Jacob Lindsey, says that's not always the case.

Lindsey says the city has a very strong design review in place to ensure the highest quality product.

"We're always looking at residential growth and making sure we've laid the proper groundwork to handle all the growth that's coming to our region and certainly we've seen additional construction of apartments in Charleston," Lindsey said.

While Charleston is a desirable place to live, some people are concerned about the future quality of life.

"We're kind of building too fast and too much that it's not making for a pleasant downtown area, so maybe holding back on some of the construction," said College of Charleston student Emma Cvitanovich who lives in Downtown Charleston.

"So if we could have infrastructure that could match this density boom, this increase, I think it will be great thing, but we need to work on the infrastructure first," said Jeff Banton, a Daniel Island resident.

City officials say they have plans in place to make sure they can handle the growth. Right now they are in the process of updating the city's long-term transportation plan.

This year the city is also putting an emphasis on making sure affordable housing is incorporated in the new developments.

"We have a new emphasis on the affordability that we've never had before and we've passed recent legislation that actually helps us to increase the number of affordable dwellings in the city," Lindsey said.  "We're working to make sure new growth is affordable to people who live here."

Copyright 2017 WCSC. All rights reserved. 

  • Local NewsLocalMore>>

  • Police: Man attempted to use counterfeit bills twice at same store

    Police: Man attempted to use counterfeit bills twice at same store

    Sunday, August 19 2018 1:18 PM EDT2018-08-19 17:18:37 GMT
    Source: Myrtle Beach Police Department FBSource: Myrtle Beach Police Department FB
    Source: Myrtle Beach Police Department FBSource: Myrtle Beach Police Department FB
    MYRTLE BEACH, SC (WMBF) — Police are attempting to identify a man accused of using counterfeit bills at the same Ocean Boulevard convenience store on consecutive days.  Police say the man used a forged $20 bill in late July at the store in the area of 74th Avenue North and North Ocean Boulevard. He then attempted the same maneuver on the next day according to officials.  Myrtle Beach Police Department If you have any information please contact Detective Krist...More >>
    MYRTLE BEACH, SC (WMBF) — Police are attempting to identify a man accused of using counterfeit bills at the same Ocean Boulevard convenience store on consecutive days.  Police say the man used a forged $20 bill in late July at the store in the area of 74th Avenue North and North Ocean Boulevard. He then attempted the same maneuver on the next day according to officials.  Myrtle Beach Police Department If you have any information please contact Detective Krist...More >>
  • Habitat for Humanity helps family build their first home

    Habitat for Humanity helps family build their first home

    Sunday, August 19 2018 12:15 PM EDT2018-08-19 16:15:28 GMT
    Stanley's cut the ribbon at their new home (Source: WMBF News)Stanley's cut the ribbon at their new home (Source: WMBF News)
    Stanley's cut the ribbon at their new home (Source: WMBF News)Stanley's cut the ribbon at their new home (Source: WMBF News)

    HORRY COUNTY, SC (WMBF) -- Since 1991, Habitat for Humanity of Horry County has been helping build, renovate and repair homes for families throughout the community. Saturday, one of those families received the keys to their new home. “It’s been a long struggle and hard process, but I made it through by the help of the good Lord, my mom and my kids,” said Sonya Stanley. For the Stanley’s it’s been nearly a two-year process going through the&nb...

    More >>

    HORRY COUNTY, SC (WMBF) -- Since 1991, Habitat for Humanity of Horry County has been helping build, renovate and repair homes for families throughout the community. Saturday, one of those families received the keys to their new home. “It’s been a long struggle and hard process, but I made it through by the help of the good Lord, my mom and my kids,” said Sonya Stanley. For the Stanley’s it’s been nearly a two-year process going through the&nb...

    More >>
  • Sen. Hembree home recovering after brain aneurysm scare

    Sen. Hembree home recovering after brain aneurysm scare

    Sunday, August 19 2018 11:49 AM EDT2018-08-19 15:49:40 GMT
    S.C. Sen. Greg Hembree (Source: Greg Hembree for Senate website)S.C. Sen. Greg Hembree (Source: Greg Hembree for Senate website)
    S.C. Sen. Greg Hembree (Source: Greg Hembree for Senate website)S.C. Sen. Greg Hembree (Source: Greg Hembree for Senate website)
    MYRTLE BEACH, SC (WMBF) — Sen. Greg Hembree is finally home Sunday after suffering a brain aneurysm in early July. His daughter posted Saturday on Facebook, "My parents made it home from the hospital around lunchtime today and my dad is doing well." Sen. Hembree spent eight days in a medically-induced coma according to information from his family. Since 2013, Hembree has served Horry and Dillon counties in Senate District 28. Prior to his November 2012 ele...More >>
    MYRTLE BEACH, SC (WMBF) — Sen. Greg Hembree is finally home Sunday after suffering a brain aneurysm in early July. His daughter posted Saturday on Facebook, "My parents made it home from the hospital around lunchtime today and my dad is doing well." Sen. Hembree spent eight days in a medically-induced coma according to information from his family. Since 2013, Hembree has served Horry and Dillon counties in Senate District 28. Prior to his November 2012 ele...More >>
Powered by Frankly