Sky falls for North Charleston: Navy Yard foreclosure land is play to get rail along river (updated)

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Remember the fear that foreclosure of 240 acres of land on the former Navy Base in North Charleston was a play to get rail along the city's prized riverfront?

Well that is the case. 

State Commerce Department officials have revealed that they were behind the move to acquire the land and kept their doings secret as to avoid legal challenges. North Charleston is promising a legal war for the act as they see it as a violation of several agreements and a move that is unnecessary and comes at the expense of residential and other industry development. 

The Charleston Regional Business Journal has an excellent report on what's happening.

Update December 23: The Post and Courier has published their own report, with a bit of extra added comments from key players; read it here.