Four community input workshops have been set to help develop the West Ashley Master Plan from Mon., Apr. 24 to Sat., May 6. The workshops (except for May 6) will take place from 6-9 pm and follow a brainstorming drop-in format with representatives from consulting firm Dover Kohl recording citizen comments in such areas as housing, transportation, shopping centers, economic development, beautification recreation and drainage.
The workshops include two West Ashley zones east of I-526 and two west of I-526. Residents and business owners may attend any or all of the workshops. The workshops are scheduled for Mon., Apr. 24 at John Wesley Methodist Church (626 Savannah Hwy), Tues., Apr. 25 at West Ashley Middle School cafeteria (1776 William Kennerty Dr.), Sat., May 6 from 9 am to noon at Bees Landing Recreation Center (1580 Ashley Gardens Blvd.) and Sat., May 6 from 2-5 pm at West Ashley High School cafeteria (4060 Wildcat Blvd.).
The next step in the process is the Open Planning Studio sessions from Mon., May 8 to Sat., May 13, which will be held at the Center Court area of Citadel Mall near JC Penney. It will show design drawings generated from the four community input workshops and will solicit citizen input on the designs. The May 13 session will incorporate feedback compiled during the Mon. – Fri. sessions. Find the complete schedule at http://www.PlanWestAshley.com
The workshops and planning studio sessions will be promoted through City of Charleston e-mail data bases, Facebook pages, press releases, flyers, the West Ashley Farmers Market (which resumes Wed., Apr. 19 from 3-7 pm and subsequent Wednesdays at Ackerman Park, 55 Sycamore Ave.), radio public service announcements and outreach efforts to teens, the elderly and minority groups. You can share the events on http://www.Facebook.com/CityCharleston
The next meeting of the West Ashley Revitalization Commission will be Wed., Apr. 12 at 5 pm at The Schoolhouse, 720 Magnolia Rd. The meeting will include a public comment period.