Kids rally to bring awareness about possible rail yard impacts on their community

Kids rally to bring awareness about possible rail yard impacts on their community (Image 1)

While a proposed Navy Base Intermodal Facility is currently being reviewed by the The U.S Army Corps of Engineers, Charleston, children from the Chicora community in North Charleston say they want to bring awareness about the negative impacts a rail yard will bring to them.

To begin with, it will destroy a community center dear to them, Sterett Hall. The loss of the facility leaves them without a hub to gather while avoiding the dangers of the streets in North Charleston.

“I’m going to college in September, and I feel without the gym I wouldn’t have been where I’m at because you know a lot of bad stuff pulling me in. I just go to the gym and let all my stresses out and go home and feel good about it,” Michael Mazyzk said.

The 17-year-old was one of two dozen children who rallied on Wednesday morning. Children from the center held signs and even wore masks, to dramatize the affects of air pollution from the rail yard, for one-mile they walked from Mary Ford Elementary to Sterett Hall.

Community leaders who helped the children organize say they want the City of North Charleston and the Corps to mitigate the noise and air pollution and against the loss of the facility and help provide a comparable facility for the youth of the community.

For information about the proposed Intermodal Rail yard Facility on the former Navey Base, please visit:

http://navybaseictf.com/

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