144 turn out to help Plan West Ashley

144 turn out to help Plan West Ashley
April 27 16:26 2019 Print This Article

On a sun-drenched Saturday afternoon, 144 people turned out to provide feedback on Plan West Ashley, the blueprint for West Ashley’s future development. They gathered at small tables, discussed ideas, and filled out questionnaires. The participants bought $5 tickets to attend and were treated to food prepared by the award-winning culinary arts team from West Ashley High School. Officers from Charleston Police Department’s Team 4 were on-hand to answer questions.

The questionnaire asked participants to identify the best actionable idea they heard at the event, name the biggest West Ashley challenge they are interested in, and to pick a community project they would like to support. Discussions at the tables were lively, with conversations ranging from improving landscaping and beautification in West Ashley, improving the retail and restaurant landscape in the area, and improving schools and economic opportunity.

West Ashley has experienced many positive developments in recent years. Citadel Mall has added new tenants, including Flip Gym and OutSlide In, with an MUSC outpatient clinic slated to open in early 2020. Whole Foods opened on Savannah Highway. Major upgrades were made at Ashley Landing, Ashley Oaks, Westwood Plaza, and Ashley Hall Plaza shopping centers. The Waring Senior Center opened its doors in 2019, with a variety of programs for residents 50 and older. Weekly landscaping contracts were signed to maintain the Northbridge and Ashley River Bridge gateways and the corridor from Glenn McConnell Parkway and West Ashley Circle.

Teresa Tidestrom and her team at West Ashley United will tabulate the results gathered from the questionnaires and present them to the City of Charleston, the St. Andrews Public Service District, and Charleston County. The group is raising money to construct a public plaza at the entrance to the West Ashley Bikeway, at the intersection of Wappoo Road and Savannah Highway on the former Limehouse Station property.