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Trying to pick a health insurance plan can be a chore for anyone. For many people, just mentioning the word "open enrollment" sends shivers down the spine. It seems like there's always a nagging feeling that you're wasting money, choosing a plan with poor in-network care, or both. One would think that health insurance gets easier as you approach retirement age, but the truth is that picking an initial Medicare coverage plan can be daunting.

Unfortunately, the confusing process of signing up for Medicare causes many seniors to forego healthcare coverage altogether. After all, Medicare enrollment can involve several federal agencies, including the Social Security Administration (or SSA) and the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (or CMS).

At Senior Medicare Insurance Services, our passion is guiding seniors through the confusion of Medicare. That way, they can enjoy retirement with peace of mind knowing they are protected and ready for life after 65. We work with dozens of insurance companies, giving our clients the chance to choose a plan that best fits their lifestyle.

We choose to design our senior insurance plans with a focus on optimal benefits structure, lower costs, and personalized service. Some independent insurance agencies see their aging customers as nothing more than a financial transaction waiting to happen. In contrast, we treat each of our clients with respect and dignity as we help them navigate the confusing waters of Medicare. Combined with individualized service, we help older Americans make well-informed decisions about insurance. Whether you're in need of senior Medicare Supplement Plan insurance in North Charleston or simply have questions about signing up for Medicare, our team is here to help.

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What is Medicare?

If you're approaching the golden years of your life, it's important you understand what Medicare is if you don't already.

Medicare is a federal health insurance program reserved for people older than 65 who have worked full-time for at least ten years. The Medicare program is paid for by a combination of worker payroll tax, premiums paid by Medicare enrollees, and the U.S. government.

There are four parts of Medicare:

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This type of Medicare is free for most U.S. citizens. Medicare Part A helps older adults pay for care in a nursing facility, hospital visits, and some forms of in-home senior care.

This tier costs around $100 per month. It covers different outpatient services like lab tests, preventative care, doctor's visits, mental health care, clinical trials, and some forms of surgery.

This type of Medicare is most often called Medicare Advantage. This tier of Medicare allows seniors to choose health plans provided by insurance companies like Senior Medicare Insurance Services. Individuals who use Medicare Advantage commonly use Medicare supplement plan insurance to help pay for health care costs that Original Medicare won't cover, like coinsurance, deductibles, and copayments.

Sometimes called "PDPs," these plans add drug coverage to standard Medicare, some Medicare Private Fee-for-Service Plans (PFFS), some Medicare Cost Plans, and Medicare Medical Savings Account Plans (MSA).

The amount of money you pay for your health care depends on several factors, including:

At Senior Medicare Insurance Services, we offer a number of health insurance solutions for seniors. Two of our most used services include Medicare Advantage plan insurance and Medicare supplement plan insurance.

Senior Medicare Supplement Plan Insurance in North Charleston

Sometimes called Medigap, the purpose of Medicare Supplement Insurance is to help fill in "gaps" that might not be covered by Original Medicare. You can think of a Medigap policy as a supplement for your Original Medicare benefits.

Private companies like Senior Medicare Insurance Services sell this type of insurance right here in South Carolina. While Original Medicare will pay for much of the cost associated with health care services you need, it may not cover all of your expenses. Generally, Medigap policies do not cover costs stemming from eyeglasses, private-duty nurses, dental care, hearing aids, or long-term care.

Depending on the Medicare Supplement Plan that you choose, it may cover out-of-the-country medical services when you travel abroad. Assuming you have Original Medicare coverage, your policy will cover its share of Medicare-approved health care costs. Once your Original Medicare coverage reaches its limit, your Medigap policy will pay its share of the fees.

Our Medigap policies are drafted to meet your specific needs, and can help cover remaining health care costs such as:

Deductibles

Copayments

Coinsurance

Important Information About Senior Supplement Plan Insurance

To dispel some confusion, you should know that a Medigap policy is not the same as a Medicare Advantage Plan. The latter helps you receive Medicare benefits, while the former supplements the benefits you obtain through your Original Medicare plan. As you begin to explore Medicare Supplement Insurance Plans, keep the following important information in mind:

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As you begin to explore Medicare Supplement Insurance Plans, keep the following important information in mind:

  • To qualify for a Medigap policy, you must first have Medicare Part A and Medicare Part B.
  • Payments on your Medicare Supplement Insurance Plan will be made to the private insurance company that you choose, like Senior Medicare Insurance Services. These payments are made every month and are paid in addition to the monthly payment you make for Medicare Part B.
  • If you are the holder of a Medicare Advantage Plan, it is illegal for an insurance company to sell you a senior Medicare Supplement Policy. If you plan on switching back to an Original Medicare plan, you may be able to purchase a Medigap policy.
  • If you have health problems as you age, your standardized Medigap policy is guaranteed to be renewable. So long as you pay your monthly premium, your insurance provider cannot cancel your policy.
  • Medigap policies only cover one person. If you have a spouse or family member that would like coverage, they must purchase a separate policy.
  • You may only buy a Senior Medicare Supplement Plan from an insurance agent that is licensed to sell them in your state. Senior Medicare Insurance Services has been licensed to sell Medigap policies in South Carolina for years. We have helped countless seniors get the Medicare coverage they need and continue to do so to this day.
  • In the past, Medigap policies were able to cover costs related to prescription drugs. As of January 1st, 2006, prescription drug coverage is not available on Medicare Supplement Plans. The best way to get coverage for your prescription drugs is to join a Medicare Prescription Drug Plan, often called Part D. Contact our office today to learn more about paying premiums on Medigap and Medicare plans.

For many people, the best time to buy senior Medicare Supplement Plan Insurance in North Charleston is during the 7 months Medigap Open Enrollment Period. This period starts the day you turn 65 years old, so long as you hold Medical Insurance (Medicare Part B). Generally, during the enrollment period, you get more policy choices and better pricing. Once the enrollment period is over, you may not be able to purchase a Medigap policy. Contact Senior Medicare Insurance Services today to determine if you qualify for a Medicare Supplement Insurance Plan.

Senior Medicare Advantage Plan Insurance in North Charleston, SC

A Medicare Advantage Plan is a kind of Medicare health coverage designed to provide seniors with all their Part A and Part B Medicare benefits. Many Medicare Advantage Plans will often include coverage of the following:

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In addition, most Medicare Advantage Plans give seniors coverage for their prescription drug needs. When you enroll in a Medicare Advantage Plan through Senior Medicare Insurance Services, your Medicare benefits are covered through your plan and will not be paid for by traditional Medicare.

How Medicare Advantage Plans Work

Sometimes called "MA Plans" or "Part C," Medicare Advantage Plans are considered an "all in one" solution to Original Medicare. Senior Medicare Advantage Plans are only offered by private companies that are approved, like Senior Medicare Insurance Services. Seniors who enroll in a Medicare Advantage Plan are still on Medicare. However, these individuals enjoy bundled plans that give seniors the benefits of hospital insurance (Medicare Part A), medical insurance (Medicare Part B), and sometimes drug coverage (Part D).

Medicare Advantage Plans are very popular because they cover all Medicare services and make life a little easier for seniors who have trouble understanding the nuances of Medicare.

When you contact Senior Medicare Insurance Services to choose your Medicare Advantage Plan, ask your agent about Medicare prescription drug coverage. Unless you already have drug coverage (Part D), you should seriously consider Part D coverage to help reduce costs associated with prescription drugs. You may also want to consider a Medicare Supplement Insurance Plan to help fill gaps in coverage that Original Medicare will not cover.

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Medicare Advantage Plan Insurance Rules

Medicare works by paying a set amount of money to the companies that offer senior Medicare Advantage Plan insurance in North Charleston. That money is used to pay for the care services that you need. Because Medicare Advantage Plans are different, you should expect out-of-pocket costs to vary depending on the plan you choose.

Different plans have different rules for how you receive services, such as:

  • If you must go to facilities, suppliers, or doctors that belong to your Advantage Plan for non-urgent and non-emergency care.
  • Whether you must get a referral to see a specialized doctor
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Companies that offer Medicare Advantage Plans must follow strict rules, which are set by Medicare and can change every year.

Paying for Your Senior Medicare Advantage Plan Insurance

How much you pay for your Medicare Advantage Plan varies and depends on a few different factors. In most cases, if you need a kind of medical service, you will need to rely on the doctors and providers in your plan's service area and network to pay the lowest amounts. In some cases, if you choose to use a service outside of your plan's network of coverage, you may have to pay out-of-pocket.

We encourage you to contact our office today to learn more about Medicare Advantage Plans, how they work, what your options are, and how often you will have to pay out-of-pocket, if at all.

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The Senior Medicare Insurance Services Commitment

Since our company was founded, we have led the insurance industry by providing our clients with the most valuable, helpful insurance solutions available. We are fully committed to our current and prospective clients by:

  • Choosing to focus on personalized, one-on-one service. When you work with our team, know that we will always design your health insurance plan with your best interests in mind.
  • Listening to your specific needs.
  • Responding to all inquiries and questions promptly and with a friendly attitude.
  • Providing you with the best customer service in the senior health insurance industry, whether you have questions or are ready to move forward with a Medicare plan.
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Our mission is to help give seniors the best Medicare assistance available so that they may understand the Medicare process and make an informed health coverage decision. We have the knowledge, skills, and experience to assist anyone interested in Medicare. Our personal goal is to become a lifetime resource for our clients and give them greater confidence in choosing their insurance plans.

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Grammy Nominated Zach Bryan Comes To The North Charleston Coliseum, May 24

Bryan returns to the road in 2023 for the Burn Burn Burn North American Tour, his biggest tour yet.GRAMMY Award-nominated rising country superstar ...

Bryan returns to the road in 2023 for the Burn Burn Burn North American Tour, his biggest tour yet.

GRAMMY Award-nominated rising country superstar Zach Bryan returns to the road in 2023 for the Burn Burn Burn North American Tour, his biggest tour yet. Throughout the summer, he will headline some of the nation's most popular arenas and amphitheaters coast-to-coast along with festival appearances.

This massive run kicks off on May 10 at John Paul Jones Arena in Charlottesville, VA, and comes to a close at T-Mobile Center in Kansas City, MO on August 30. Last year, each date on his AMERICAN HEARTBREAK tour sold out in minutes.

Register for the chance to purchase Zach Bryan tickets via Fair AXS at www.axs.com/zachbryan. After the Fair AXS registration period concludes on January 29 at 10pm ET, AXS will work to ensure any suspicious, fraudulent, and/or duplicated registrations are removed. Fans who are randomly selected to purchase tickets will be notified via email, starting on February 13, with all pertinent information for them to complete their purchase, subject to availability. Tickets will be sold on a first-come, first-served basis and an invitation email for the chance to purchase tickets does not guarantee tickets will be available.

Tickets purchased through AXS cannot be transferred or resold for profit. If a fan can no longer attend a show, tickets can be sold on the Zach Bryan AXS Marketplace for face value to another fan. For the non-AXS ticketed events in London, Philly, Nampa and Wichita, tickets purchased cannot be resold.

Bryan's first-ever live album LIVE FROM RED ROCKS is available now on all DSPs via Warner Records. Click HERE to stream.

Bryan's chart-topping 2022 triple album, AMERICAN HEARTBREAK, has become a critical sensation that continues to garner global accolades and unstoppable momentum, appearing on numerous Year-End Best Of 2022 lists, and emerged as the "#1 Country Album on Spotify for 2022 and has spent the past 104 consecutive days on Spotify's Today's Top Hits chart. To date, AMERICAN HEARTBREAK has accrued over 3 billion streams globally and has been RIAA certified Gold in the US and Canada along with Gold certified single "From Austin," Platinum certified single "Heading South," and now double-Platinum certified single "Something in the Orange," which is currently on Billboard Top 10 Hot 100 chart.

This past December 18, Bryan and his band appeared on the smash television series Yellowstone (Season 5 Episode 7), performing "Motorcycle Drive-By" and "Summertime Blues," from his SUMMERTIME BLUES EP, while "Quittin Time" also graced the soundtrack. "The Good I'll Do" and "Tishomingo," have been heard in previous episodes and immediately ascended to the top of the Shazam chart in various locations around the world.

Hailing from Oologah, Oklahoma, Zach Bryan has quietly gone from serving in the U.S. Navy to rising to the forefront of country as a captivating storyteller, tried-and-true performer, and once-in-a-generation voice without comparison. After grinding it out independently and building a devout audience one fan at a time, Bryan signed with Warner Records and arrived as country music's brightest and boldest star, and to date has tallyed over 3 billion global streams. He notably earned Gold certified singles "Condemned", "Letting Someone Go," and "From Austin" plus platinum single, "Heading South" and now double Platinum "Something in the Orange." The latter also garnered a 2023 GRAMMY Award nod in the category of "Best Country Solo Performance," and made former US president Barack Obama's Favorite [25 Songs] Music List for 2022. His third and first studio album for Warner Records album, AMERICAN HEARTBREAK, bowed at #1 on the Billboard Top Country Albums Chart and in the Top 5 of the Billboard 200, enshrining it as one of the most successful country album debuts in the genre's history. Bryan also topped the Billboard Country Songwriters Chart at #1. Simultaneously, AMERICAN HEARTBREAK, emerged as the "#1 Most Streamed Country Album on Spotify" for 2022. The record closed out a banner year at #1 on The New York Times "Best Albums of 2022" and Billboard's "Best Country Albums of 2022," and attaining RIAA certified Gold sales status in the US and Canada and will soon be certified Platinum. The hit single "Something In The Orange" graced year-end lists by NPR, Associated Press, The Los Angeles Times, Rolling Stone, Consequence, SLANT and many more. The song has become a global hit charting in Australia, New Zealand, UK, Ireland, Norway and Sweden. Bryan's AMERICAN HEARTBREAK Tour sold out every show which included headlining theaters and amphitheaters coast-to-coast and performing at prestigious music festivals such as Lollapalooza, Austin City Limits, and Stagecoach. He chronicled his November 2022 Red Rocks Amphitheatre stop with his first-ever live album, ALL MY HOMIES HATE TICKETMASTER (LIVE FROM RED ROCKS), released digitally on Christmas Day 2022 as a heartfelt "Thank You" to his fans. Bryan and band performed "Motorcycle Drive-By" and "Summertime Blues" on the hit TV series Yellowstone season 5, episode 7, (Dec 18, 2022) which also featured the song "Quittin Time." "The Good I'll Do" and "Tishomingo," both featured in previous episodes immediately reacted in a big way globally on Shazam. At the top of 2023, Bryan scored his First #1 on Billboard Hot Country Songs and is presently climbing the Top 10 on Billboard's Hot 100 chart with "Something In The Orange," plus ALL MY HOMIES debuts on Billboard's Top Country Albums chart. Expect more new music from Zach Bryan this year.

North Charleston officials discuss future of development

NORTH CHARLESTON, S.C. (WCBD) – More development is on the horizon in North Charleston.With the highly anticipated Topgolf grand opening on Friday in North Charleston, News 2 found out what else residents and visitors can expect in the future.“North Charleston is growing, it’s the center of the Lowcountry. It’s a real hub and we think it’s the epicenter of the state’s economy,” said Ryan Johnson, the Public Information Officer for the City of North Charleston.According to Johnson...

NORTH CHARLESTON, S.C. (WCBD) – More development is on the horizon in North Charleston.

With the highly anticipated Topgolf grand opening on Friday in North Charleston, News 2 found out what else residents and visitors can expect in the future.

“North Charleston is growing, it’s the center of the Lowcountry. It’s a real hub and we think it’s the epicenter of the state’s economy,” said Ryan Johnson, the Public Information Officer for the City of North Charleston.

According to Johnson, North Charleston continues to lead the state in retail sales, raking in $8.2 billion in 2021 alone.

A new interchange in the works along I-26, between US 78 and Ashley Phosphate Road is expected to bring even more business to the city.

“What that will allow is, it opens up Ingleside Boulevard and the Ingleside development for more businesses to employ the citizens of North Charleston and the greater Lowcountry area,” Johnson explained.

According to a public notice from the Army Corp of Engineers, a “town center type mixed use development” is proposed for that area as well.

The project, submitted by Weber USA Corporation, would include affordable housing, restaurants, retail, and office space, according to the notice.

Plans listed in the notice show 850 multi-family units, 390 hotel rooms, a parking garage and more than 580,000 square feet dedicated to retail and restaurant use.

According to Johnson, the city is planning to construct a 400-acre park near the interchange too.

Meanwhile, Reynolds Avenue is a hot spot for redevelopment, according to officials.

“If you look at Reynolds Avenue, nearly every storefront on Reynolds Avenue has been touched and is seeing redevelopment,” Johnson said.

News 2 spoke also spoke with Berkeley-Charleston-Dorchester Council of Government on growth in North Charleston.

“We see a lot of growth coming up through the neck area, kind of redevelopment in kind of the older section of North Charleston, around the old navy hospital,” said Kathryn Basha, BCDCOG’s Planning Director.

Johnson said leaders want to see higher density along transit corridors, specifically on Rivers Avenue.

Cities with the fastest growing home prices surrounding Charleston, South Carolina

It goes without saying that the coronavirus pandemic has sparked a wave of uncertainty across myriad industries, and no other market has quite felt its impact like that of real estate.The pandemic has become a driving force behind the continued real estate boom, with high demand for vacation homes and a limited supply of housing that has prompted buyers and investors to bid up prices for affordable properties, causing home prices to skyrocket. The ability to work remotely played a role in the vacation home demand in mid-2020, as afflu...

It goes without saying that the coronavirus pandemic has sparked a wave of uncertainty across myriad industries, and no other market has quite felt its impact like that of real estate.

The pandemic has become a driving force behind the continued real estate boom, with high demand for vacation homes and a limited supply of housing that has prompted buyers and investors to bid up prices for affordable properties, causing home prices to skyrocket. The ability to work remotely played a role in the vacation home demand in mid-2020, as affluent Americans opted to ride out the pandemic with more amenities and space outside dense urban areas.

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#30. Jamestown, SC

– 1-year price change: +$21,612 (+10.0%)– 5-year price change: +$100,013 (+72.7%)– Typical home value: $237,572 (#31 most expensive city in metro)

#29. Cordesville, SC

– 1-year price change: +$27,780 (+11.5%)– 5-year price change: +$129,447 (+92.5%)– Typical home value: $269,330 (#27 most expensive city in metro)

#28. Lincolnville, SC

– 1-year price change: +$30,027 (+12.1%)– 5-year price change: +$130,466 (+88.1%)– Typical home value: $278,538 (#26 most expensive city in metro)

#27. Saint George, SC

– 1-year price change: +$35,779 (+16.5%)– 5-year price change: +$108,040 (+74.6%)– Typical home value: $252,952 (#29 most expensive city in metro)

#26. Goose Creek, SC

– 1-year price change: +$36,425 (+13.5%)– 5-year price change: +$123,598 (+67.6%)– Typical home value: $306,551 (#22 most expensive city in metro)

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#25. Ridgeville, SC

– 1-year price change: +$37,078 (+12.2%)– 5-year price change: +$133,928 (+64.4%)– Typical home value: $341,974 (#20 most expensive city in metro)

#24. Moncks Corner, SC

– 1-year price change: +$39,620 (+12.6%)– 5-year price change: +$136,325 (+62.6%)– Typical home value: $353,925 (#19 most expensive city in metro)

#23. Reevesville, SC

– 1-year price change: +$39,947 (+21.6%)– 5-year price change: +$64,491 (+40.2%)– Typical home value: $224,830 (#32 most expensive city in metro)

#22. Ladson, SC

– 1-year price change: +$40,718 (+15.6%)– 5-year price change: +$126,508 (+71.9%)– Typical home value: $302,451 (#23 most expensive city in metro)

#21. North Charleston, SC

– 1-year price change: +$42,103 (+16.7%)– 5-year price change: +$129,834 (+79.3%)– Typical home value: $293,583 (#24 most expensive city in metro)

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#20. Hanahan, SC

– 1-year price change: +$46,212 (+13.9%)– 5-year price change: +$146,741 (+63.3%)– Typical home value: $378,427 (#16 most expensive city in metro)

#19. Summerville, SC

– 1-year price change: +$47,366 (+14.9%)– 5-year price change: +$144,077 (+65.3%)– Typical home value: $364,571 (#17 most expensive city in metro)

#18. Bonneau, SC

– 1-year price change: +$48,780 (+17.8%)– 5-year price change: +$149,745 (+86.9%)– Typical home value: $322,159 (#21 most expensive city in metro)

#17. Huger, SC

– 1-year price change: +$49,659 (+15.8%)– 5-year price change: +$141,998 (+64.1%)– Typical home value: $363,534 (#18 most expensive city in metro)

#16. Adams Run, SC

– 1-year price change: +$50,204 (+21.0%)– 5-year price change: +$123,497 (+74.4%)– Typical home value: $289,531 (#25 most expensive city in metro)

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#15. Pinopolis, SC

– 1-year price change: +$55,811 (+13.7%)– 5-year price change: +$184,556 (+65.9%)– Typical home value: $464,598 (#14 most expensive city in metro)

#14. Mc Clellanville, SC

– 1-year price change: +$58,130 (+18.1%)– 5-year price change: +$120,938 (+46.8%)– Typical home value: $379,585 (#15 most expensive city in metro)

#13. Ravenel, SC

– 1-year price change: +$75,947 (+17.6%)– 5-year price change: +$221,766 (+77.3%)– Typical home value: $508,578 (#12 most expensive city in metro)

#12. Hollywood, SC

– 1-year price change: +$77,487 (+19.4%)– 5-year price change: +$192,668 (+67.5%)– Typical home value: $477,898 (#13 most expensive city in metro)

#11. Charleston, SC

– 1-year price change: +$86,008 (+19.3%)– 5-year price change: +$208,737 (+64.5%)– Typical home value: $532,306 (#11 most expensive city in metro)

#10. Edisto Beach, SC

– 1-year price change: +$100,705 (+18.7%)– 5-year price change: +$218,999 (+52.2%)– Typical home value: $638,210 (#10 most expensive city in metro)

#9. Meggett, SC

– 1-year price change: +$105,208 (+17.4%)– 5-year price change: +$258,092 (+57.1%)– Typical home value: $709,789 (#7 most expensive city in metro)

#8. Awendaw, SC

– 1-year price change: +$116,420 (+21.4%)– 5-year price change: +$241,908 (+57.7%)– Typical home value: $660,966 (#8 most expensive city in metro)

#7. Wadmalaw Island, SC

– 1-year price change: +$122,744 (+23.3%)– 5-year price change: +$261,171 (+67.4%)– Typical home value: $648,768 (#9 most expensive city in metro)

#6. Mount Pleasant, SC

– 1-year price change: +$139,360 (+22.3%)– 5-year price change: +$303,281 (+65.6%)– Typical home value: $765,618 (#6 most expensive city in metro)

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#5. Seabrook Island, SC

– 1-year price change: +$190,421 (+26.7%)– 5-year price change: +$407,777 (+82.3%)– Typical home value: $903,537 (#5 most expensive city in metro)

#4. Folly Beach, SC

– 1-year price change: +$287,341 (+26.2%)– 5-year price change: +$648,163 (+87.8%)– Typical home value: $1,385,973 (#4 most expensive city in metro)

#3. Isle of Palms, SC

– 1-year price change: +$386,807 (+29.0%)– 5-year price change: +$830,687 (+93.3%)– Typical home value: $1,721,443 (#3 most expensive city in metro)

#2. Kiawah Island, SC

– 1-year price change: +$424,265 (+28.0%)– 5-year price change: +$814,305 (+72.3%)– Typical home value: $1,940,356 (#2 most expensive city in metro)

#1. Sullivans Island, SC

– 1-year price change: +$812,489 (+27.9%)– 5-year price change: +$1,803,412 (+93.8%)– Typical home value: $3,725,937 (#1 most expensive city in metro)

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Proposed redevelopment changes coming to Navy Base in North Charleston

The former Navy Base in North Charleston that closed back in 1996 is finally on its way to adding new construction, including both single and multi-family homesNORTH CHARLESTON, S.C. (WCSC) - New ownership brings new developments. The former Navy Base in North Charleston that closed back in 1996 is finally on its way to adding new construction, including both single and multi-family homes.Since the base closed its doors in 1996, the city had an original master plan that was created in 2004 for this redevelopment. Now, the city ...

The former Navy Base in North Charleston that closed back in 1996 is finally on its way to adding new construction, including both single and multi-family homes

NORTH CHARLESTON, S.C. (WCSC) - New ownership brings new developments. The former Navy Base in North Charleston that closed back in 1996 is finally on its way to adding new construction, including both single and multi-family homes.

Since the base closed its doors in 1996, the city had an original master plan that was created in 2004 for this redevelopment. Now, the city has a revamped plan, known as the “Navy Base Redevelopment District” that they say is going to help bring even more connectivity to this area.

The city of North Charleston says the “Navy Base Redevelopment District” will include areas south of Virginia Avenue, areas around Noisette Boulevard, and Reynolds Avenue as the main focus. Megan Clark, the city’s planning and division director, says they are renovating two buildings on the base. One for residential and one for offices and retail.

Clark says other buildings could be hotels or strictly office buildings.

“All of that’s permitted,” Clark said. “The only development that we have proposed right now is just reused to those two buildings for the multi-family and office and retail.”

The city owns a lot of the property surrounding the base, such as the Noisette Creek Pedestrian Bridge, the Admirals House and Riverfront Park. Clark says they do not have a set number of how many people will be able to move to this area as they preserve the historic district.

“There’s a height district surrounding the historic buildings, so we maintain that character along Noisette,” Clark said. “But beyond that, there isn’t a height district. Potentially, you know, if you can park the facilities then you can put as many units as can fit.”

The city says they have nothing budgeted for this because they won’t have to pay if a property is privately owned. However, they can join an agreement with someone if they wish to do so.

The city’s planning commission will have two public hearings on Monday, Jan. 9. The first will be about the proposal of this new plan and the second will be approving the rezoning of the actual property. From there, it will need to go through city council readings in order to officially move forward.

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Large town center-type project planned for North Charleston near new I-26 interchange

NORTH CHARLESTON — A large mixed-use commercial development is in the works where construction on a new I-26 interchange is slated to begin later this year.Weber USA Corp. is proposing 580,100 square feet of retail and restaurant space, 850 apartment units, 390 hotel rooms and a 45,000-square-foot parking deck on part of a large tract between Interstate 26 and Norfolk Southern Railroad in the Ingleside tract, according to plans presented to the Army Corps of Engineers.The development site encompasses parts of Bluehouse Ro...

NORTH CHARLESTON — A large mixed-use commercial development is in the works where construction on a new I-26 interchange is slated to begin later this year.

Weber USA Corp. is proposing 580,100 square feet of retail and restaurant space, 850 apartment units, 390 hotel rooms and a 45,000-square-foot parking deck on part of a large tract between Interstate 26 and Norfolk Southern Railroad in the Ingleside tract, according to plans presented to the Army Corps of Engineers.

The development site encompasses parts of Bluehouse Road and Ingleside and Weber boulevards at the future Palmetto Commerce Interchange and the extension of Weber Boulevard at I-26.

Charleston County, which is overseeing the new $54.5 million interchange project, anticipates construction to begin by this summer, with final completion in three years, according to spokeswoman Kelsey Barlow.

The developer is proposing to build the town center-type development on about 184 acres of the 352-acre tract. Nearly half of the parcel — 168 acres — is made up of wetlands.

Weber USA is seeking to fill or excavate about 19 acres of wetlands near McChune Branch, which flows toward Goose Creek Reservoir and eventually the Cooper River, and offset the loss by buying credits from a Berkeley County mitigation bank.

Site plans show three hotels, three apartment developments and nearly two dozen retail buildings, including two large structures near I-26.

Ten years ago, outdoor retailer Bass Pro Shops announced plans to open a 130,000- to 150,000-square-foot store in Ingleside where the new interchange has long been on the drawing boards.

A Bass Pro Shops representative did not immediately respond for comment Jan. 17 on its current plans, but the property owner said the company is no longer part of the development.

“We do not have a contract with them,” said Eric Meyer, president of Weber USA Corp., which owns much of the sprawling Ingleside tract at U.S. Highway 78 and I-26.

Meyer also said site plans are preliminary for what Weber wants to build on the site, and the company has not signed contracts with any future tenants.

“We are continuing to search for prospective users,” he said. “We would really like to have a supermarket out there.”

The closest grocery store to the property is a Piggly Wiggly on U.S. Highway 78 near College Park Road.

Weber doesn’t have a planned time frame for when it wants to start construction on the town center, according to Meyer.

He also noted the county has started condemnation proceedings against the land Weber and an affiliate own to build the interchange. He declined to say why condemnation was initiated and referred questions to Weber’s attorney, Rick Bybee. Bybee did not immediately respond for comment Tuesday.

North Charleston Mayor Keith Summey, a longtime supporter of the new interchange to spur development and create an alternate traffic artery for motorists using Highway 78 and Ashley Phosphate Road, said condemnation proceedings usually follow disagreements over the price.

Last summer, the county went to court to acquire three properties totaling about 15 acres that Weber USA and an affiliated company own at the proposed interchange site. The buyout offer is for $234,630, according to the condemnation documents. Weber has requested a jury trial.

In 2008, a 20-year plan, pegged at the time at $750 million to develop the Ingleside tract, was unveiled. Since then, a mix of apartments, hotels and offices have been constructed close to Highway 78 while heavier industrial users line Palmetto Commerce Parkway. The road system, too, has been expanded throughout the tract.

Summey called the interchange “the final connector we need to handle traffic created from the development of Ingleside.”

The interchange design does not extend Weber Boulevard into the residential neighborhoods on the eastern side of I-26. On- and off-ramps from the westbound lane will direct traffic to and from the Ingleside development via Weber Boulevard. Summey said a pond will be created on the western side of I-26 to ease flooding problems in the residential areas.

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