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North Charleston has made strides over the last year to provide more recreational spaces for city residents, Mayor Keith Summey said during his State of the City address.

North Charleston is building a three-gym athletic center off Remount Road and a new aquatics center, in partnership with Dorchester School District 2, near Ashley Phosphate and Dorchester roads.

Summey said the swimming and gym facilities will host large recreational events, bring competitions into the city and enable more students to participate in sports without having to pay to travel elsewhere to compete.

The city’s second senior center opened its doors on Antler Drive to provide a space for “health and wellness, social interaction and educational opportunities,” Summey said.

The city also opened several new parks, including Waylyn Park on a formerly blighted street corner, and refurbished a dog park.

Summey highlighted the city’s partnership with Metanoia to revitalize the vacant Chicora Elementary School to house artist studio space, a 300-seat theater and an early childhood educational center.

“Arts enrichment and robust recreational activities aren’t required of a city, but we feel it is our duty to serve and to serve well — every citizen, from young to elderly,” Summey said during his address Thursday.

Economic development

Summey said the city saw growth last year with its small businesses, particularly in Park Circle’s thriving downtown, and with large companies.

Ingevity broke ground on its new global headquarters building. The chemical manufacturer plans to occupy an 110,000-square-foot building.

Mercedes-Benz Vans moved into full production of its Sprinter vans, a big change from the automotive company’s former reassembly process.Boeing South Carolina began deliveringg the new 787-10 Dreamliners to customers.

“With Mercedes-Benz up and running, North Charleston is now the only city in the country producing commercial vehicles and commercial jets,” Summey said. (Charleston Regional Business Journal)

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