Develop your own Northbridge Gateway design

Develop your own Northbridge Gateway design
July 10 14:26 2018 Print This Article

The City of Charleston is giving residents a chance to develop their own Northbridge Gateway designs for the former Northbridge Piggly Wiggly property in drop-in workshops today until 8 pm and tomorrow from 8 am to 5 pm at The Schoolhouse, 720 Magnolia Road. Participants are paired with planning staffers, who take your input for the future use for the 2.5 acre property and sketch out a design. The design may include buildings, traffic access, parking spaces required, landscaping and signage. The resident designs will all be displayed on the walls before the July West Ashley Revitalization Commission (WARC) meeting at The Schoolhouse tomorrow at 5:30 pm.

The Northbridge Piggly Wiggly has been closed since 2013, and the property has remained vacant. The City of Charleston used eminent domain to purchase the property for $3 Million in 2017 for the stated purposes of revitalization and traffic improvements. Several traffic alteration drawings were included in the West Ashley Master Plan. Charleston County traffic officials will have to endorse one of the proposed re-configurations before it can be sent to the SCDOT for final approval. No cost estimates are currently available for the project.

A paper copy of the city’s 12-question Northbridge Piggly Wiggly Redevelopment Survey is also available at The Schoolhouse. One of the questions provides 15 options for future use of the property or an “other” choice from the respondents. Among the options listed are retail uses, green space, office space, a civic venue, apartments, and a park-and-ride bus lot. The Old Towne District Task Force, which represents the surrounding neighborhoods, sent a letter to Mayor John Tecklenburg in May stating opposition to the bus lot option. There is another question which asks respondents to select a future name for the property. There will be a public comment period during tomorrow’s WARC meeting.

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