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North Charleston families soon moving out after property was rezoned

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After Boeing agreed to purchase the current location of the College of Charleston's Graduate Center near the airport, the school had to look for a new location. The new location was found, and on Thursday, in a special called North Charleston City Council meeting, Council agreed to change the zoning of the property so that a new 50,000 square foot building could be built there.

The location is off Dorsey Avenue near Paramount at the intersection of I-526. Currently, more than 20 families live in mobile homes on the property. They are now learning they have about 45 days in which to move.

Many of the people living there, like Tapia Jimenz, say they don't know what they will be doing next. "I live in this trailer with my parents and my sister and my two little brothers."

She has lived there for the past 2 years. She says her parents own the home, but they are worried about the age of their trailer, and whether it could even be moved. "The trailer's pretty old. We don't have any family here. We don't really know where to go."

Other residents, like Erika James, say they also have no idea what they will do. "All these kids are going to be homeless. We don't have the money. If we had the money, we wouldn't be living in this predicament we have now."

Councilman Todd Olds represents the area of North Charleston that includes the mobile home park. He says once residents find other places to live, this rezoning will actually be an improvement to the area. "And I think this will much, much help the Wando Woods area. In cleaning this area up, with what I would consider revitalization. Because we have had a long history of problems within this mobile home community."

But in the meantime, it will be a tough next month and a half for some, like the Jimenz family. "Cause we don't really know where to go. This is all we have."

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