Petition drive underway to preserve Ashley Hall Plantation

Petition drive underway to preserve Ashley Hall Plantation
May 05 19:24 2017 Print This Article

A petition drive is underway to preserve the historic Ashley Hall Plantation property at the intersection of Ashley Hall Plantation Rd. and Captiva Row in West Ashley. The 45 acre property dates back to the 1670s and is listed in the National Registry of Historic Places. The development group Ashley Hall Plantation Partners, LLC out of Myrtle Beach plans to build more than 60 homes on the property. Find the Stop Ashley Hall Plantation Cluster Development petition here: https://www.ipetitions.com/petition/Ashley-Hall-Plantation-Cluster

The petition states, “The (development) design is inconsistent with the surrounding neighborhoods and will likely negatively impact the surrounding areas with increased traffic, decreased home values, water runoff, and parking issues from a (planned) new park.”

The developer, which paid $4.4 Million to the estate of Rosina Kennerty Siegnious for the plantation, wants the City of Charleston to annex the unincorporated property and allow cluster zoning there.  Charleston City Council will consider the annexation request Tues., May 23 at 5 pm.  

To date, more than 550 petitions have been signed calling for the preservation of the historic property.  Several members of the Kennerty family posted comments indicating that the family had intended to have a historical preservation easement placed on the property.

Among the more than 180 comments included in the petition drive was posted by Charles Steinert.  He wrote, “The only reason this (property) is being annexed is because the County doesn’t have a cluster zoning category.  If our city administration really wants to revitalize this area, this is not how to start.”

Florence Canaday wrote, “We are allowing developers to destroy what makes the Lowcountry beautiful.  We will cut down every tree and build houses until Charleston loses its soul.”  Many petition signers commented on how the planned development would worsen traffic and cause drainage problems in the flood-prone area.

Charleston County Council has the option to use some of the more than $200 Million in green space revenue approved in the $2.1 Billion sales tax increase which took effect May 1 to negotiate with the developers and purchase the property.