March 30, 2021

Andrew Miller, The Post & Courier

Tiny Berkeley County community of New Hope pushes back against industrial warehouse complex

NEW HOPE — As a teenager, Ron Harvey used to pick tobacco, soybeans, corn and cotton in the fields that surrounded his house to a make a little extra money in the summertime.

In his free time from sunup to sundown Harvey and his buddies would hunt, fish and swim in the creeks and woods that make up the Wassamassaw Swamp.

That idyllic lifestyle that Harvey grew up with in this rural part of Berkeley County is under attack from the area’s rampant development. That growth includes the Berkeley Charleston Tradeport — a 5 million-square-foot industrial complex off Jedburg Road just down the street from Harvey’s boyhood home in the New Hope community.

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