by John Steinberger | October 30, 2019 12:22 pm
Charleston planners showed the latest iteration on the plans for the former Northbridge Piggly Wiggly property Tuesday at Westminster Presbyterian Church in West Ashley. The presentation was set up by Steve Coe with the Old Charles Towne District Task Force, a coalition of neighborhoods in the area.
Current plans for the 2.5 acre property, which the city purchased for $3 million in 2017, include a multi-purpose government building at the intersection of Sam Rittenberg Boulevard and Old Towne Road and two private sector buildings along Sumar Street. There are parking spaces and landscaping pictured in the interior. A total of 48,000 square feet of development is expected for the three buildings. Developers will bid on plans for the Sumar Street structures, which are projected to be two stories tall.
The project has evolved since the first presentation in July, when a large parking garage was presented as the focal point for the property. At the time, planning consultant Amy Barrett with the Urban Land Institute made the statement, “West Ashley is plagued by a lot of surface parking to the detriment of public space.” That comment did not go over well with the 150 people in attendance.
Charleston Planning Director Jacob Lindsey assured people Tuesday that no significant changes to the traffic scheme are planned for the project. In June, 87% of nearly 700 survey respondents rejected the designs included in the proposed SC 7 and SC 171 Intersection Project, which would have redirected traffic and erect barriers to prevent vehicles from turning left into shopping centers and the Northbridge Terrace neighborhood.
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