I’On Group Hopes To Build 950 Homes in Development

Mixson to welcome first resident

August 18, 2008

By Warren Wise – The Post and Courier

Andy Gilbert wanted to drastically reduce his living space.

The Mount Pleasant resident found the right place at The I’On Group’s new Mixson mixed-use housing development, where blighted World War II-era housing once stood in North Charleston.

The management technology consultant will be the first new resident when he leaves his rented 2,800-square-foot house in Rivertowne and moves into the new 44-acre project. He closes on a 950-square-foot unit on Friday.

“It’s really a lot more than I need,” he said of his current residence. “I was looking to downsize, be a little closer to work and shorten my commute, and this was all before fuel prices did what they did.”

Gilbert, 44, works with Booz Allen Hamilton off Leeds Avenue in North Charleston and helps with command and control systems for defense and homeland security.

“I’ll be spending a lot less effort on housing and be able to direct that energy into having fun,” he said.

His new home is three stories with a two-car garage on the bottom floor, a living room and kitchen on the second floor and two bedrooms on the third floor. An outdoor patio area is off the living room.

“I think it’s a great opportunity,” said Gilbert, an urban planner by education. “The community is vibrant. It’s an eclectic area. I see a lot of community revitalization going on and it makes sense to be in the environment with a lot of neo-classical planning and green technology being used.”

The I’On Group acquired the former military housing site for $3.8 million and in 2005 bulldozed the 352 blighted John C. Calhoun homes that were built to help house the influx of people for the war effort nearly 70 years ago.


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