Charleston plans for 350 year anniversary celebration

Charleston plans for 350 year anniversary celebration
August 25 19:05 2018 Print This Article

Charleston is planning for a celebration of its 350th anniversary. Councilman Peter Shahid is chairing the Charleston 350 Celebration Commission, which is holding a reception Thursday, August 30 at 5:30 pm at Founders Hall in Charles Towne Landing, where the first South Carolina settlement began in 1670. Shahid spoke to constituents about the event at his monthly Coffee and Conversation with Peter at the Charles Towne Landing office. The reception is open to the public.

The 350th anniversary celebration will kick off in April 2020 and will continue into March 2021. It will include a variety of educational, musical, theatrical and other cultural events representing the history of Charleston. A steering committee has already been meeting to plan the numerous celebration events. Area beautification is going to be part of the planning process.

Shahid also told his constituents about ongoing plans to modify the “suicide merge” junction where Sam Rittenberg Boulevard and Old Towne Road meet at a point. There are several designs drawn up in the West Ashley Master Plan being reviewed by City of Charleston and Charleston County transportation officials. When a design is agreed upon, it will require SCDOT approval. While Shahid says the proposed designs will cost an estimated $10 million, several constituents suggested that setting up a stop light at the intersection of Old Towne and Southgate Drive could solve the problem for a much lower price. More than 40,000 cars cross the Northbridge each day, and the intersections at Orange Grove Road and Donahue/Charlestowne roads are the sites of frequent accidents.

The leading concern of the constituents attending the meeting was drainage maintenance. The City of Charleston and Charleston County do not have periodic drainage maintenance schedules. Shahid said that a plan is needed. He called the frequent flooding events a health and safety problem for area residents.