Barry pledges opposition to high-density apartments

Barry pledges opposition to high-density apartments
September 14 14:13 2019 Print This Article

At a Sojourn Coffee press conference Saturday, Charleston City Council candidate Brett Barry pledged to oppose high-density apartment development in West Ashley. He said, “Large-scale apartment development in West Ashley would be a continuation of the city’s failure to properly align growth with the capacity of our infrastructure.” Barry’s campaign motto is “Infrastructure First!” He seeks to represent District 9, which includes the. neighborhoods surrounding Charles Towne Landing, competing with incumbent Peter Shahid Leah Whatley on the November 5 ballot.

Barry opposes a proposed zoning change that would allow higher density. development at Citadel Mall. City Council will take up the. measure on Tuesday, September 24 at City Hall. It would allow buildings up to 25 stories tall. Barry will speak out against the zoning change and encouraged citizens to attend the meeting. He said current plans for West Ashley “favors desires of developers over the needs of the residents” and called for more of a balance.

Citing a recent plan to reconfigure the SC 7 and SC 171 intersection near the former Northbridge Piggly Wiggly property which 87% survey of respondents opposed, Barry said, “There is a disconnect between what the city is planning and what the people want.” Area businesses and neighborhoods were concerned that the plan would restrict access to vehicles in the area and campaigned door-to-door to get people to complete a survey calling for a “No Build” option.

Among Barry’s priorities for the district are improved streetscaping, more sidewalks and cross-walks, burying power lines, and publishing a drainage ditch maintenance schedule. He also pledged to present an ordinance requiring disclosure from lobbyists and companies that do business with the city. Under current law, they may take City Council members out to restaurants and contribute to their campaigns.