by John Steinberger | April 25, 2017 10:10 pm
During the second citizen input session in the West Ashley Master Plan process, the vast majority of participants wanted to see more neighborhood connectivity and a better dining and retail environment. Improved landscaping, a Citadel Mall upgrade and more recreational opportunities were also top priorities for the more than 150 who attended the workshop at West Ashley Middle School.
When kicking off the workshop, Victor Dover from consulting firm Dover Kohl told the crowd, “Everyone (participating) will get something they want. Nobody will get everything they want.” A survey with remote control devices revealed that 48% of the participants have lived in West Ashley for more than 20 years and 25% have lived in the area from 6-10 years. 98% of the participants use cars as their primary source of transportation.
The workshops include easels which encourage participants to write comments. On an easel with the question, “What do you like most about West Ashley?”, the comments included quiet neighborhoods, friendly people, convenient location, good schools and libraries, and the ability to walk to nice restaurants. Comments on the easel asking about priorities for West Ashley included maintaining the area’s suburban character, beautification and improved shopping.
Participants gathered around cafeteria tables and marked up area maps and reported out their “Big Ideas” for improving West Ashley. Former Charleston City Councilman Paul Tinkler cited a recent speech at The Citadel by 10-term Mayor Joe Riley about his accomplishments in the downtown area. He said, “We need to apply the same vision and energy for West Ashley and inspire people.”
The last of the citizen input sessions will be held Sat., May 6 from 9 to noon at Bees Landing Recreation Center, 1580 Ashley Gardens Blvd., and from 2-5 pm at West Ashley High School, 4060 Wildcat Blvd. A series of open planning studios will be held at the Center Court section of Citadel Mall (near JC Penney) from May 8-12 with a summary session set for Sat., May 13. Find the schedule at http://PlanWestAshley.com
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