Meetings on Northbridge “Pig” plans set for July

Meetings on Northbridge “Pig” plans set for July
June 14 06:38 2018 Print This Article

West Ashley Revitalization Commission (WARC) Chair Peter Shahid announced Wednesday that public meetings on the future use of the former Northbridge Piggly Wiggly property will be held on July 10 and 11. The venues and times have not yet been revealed. The City of Charleston purchased the 2.5-acre property in 2017.

At the forefront of the issue is how to reconfigure the “suicide merge”, where Sam Rittenburg Boulevard and Old Towne Road meet at a point. County Councilman Brantley Moody, who represents Northbridge district, says that Charleston County transportation staff is already considering several plans for the reconfiguration. Shahid repeated that there are no plans for a park-and-ride bus lot on the property, despite comments to that effect from a representative of the Berkeley-Charleston-Dorchester Council on Governments. He said he has heard from many neighborhood leaders who oppose that use of the property.

Other issues discussed at the WARC meeting Wednesday at the Town & Country Inn on Savannah Highway were the workshops on the West Ashley Greenway and Bikeway pedestrian trails and a June 20 drop-in session from 5:30 to 7:30 pm to address traffic congestion between Avondale and I-26 at Citadel Alumni Center. There will be separate planning sessions to discuss intersection improvements from Magnolia Road to Savage Road along Savannah Highway. The project has already been funded through the Charleston County transportation sales tax funds.

The WARC meeting included breakout sessions to discuss plans to improve drainage and economic development, which are both addressed in the West Ashley Master Plan. The June meeting did not include a quorum of members. There are currently three vacancies for the 19 member commission. West Ashley residents interested in serving may get information about the tasking and application process here. The WARC meets monthly on the second Wednesday of each month at 5:30 pm. Commissioners are also expected to attend other workshops and public meetings.