Survey issued for future of Northbridge gateway

Survey issued for future of Northbridge gateway
July 01 16:35 2018 Print This Article

The City of Charleston is seeking input from residents on the future of the Northbridge gateway and, in particular, their preferred future use for the 2.5 acre property which was once the Northbridge Piggly Wiggly. The city purchased the property in 2017, and the former Piggly Wiggly building was demolished and cleared of debris last month. Concerned residents may attend all-day drop-in workshops on Tuesday, July 10 and Wednesday, July 11 and fill out survey forms concerning the future of the gateway. The property’s future use will also head the agenda at the July 11 monthly meeting of the West Ashley Revitalization Commission (WARC) meeting at 5:30 pm. All events will be held at The Schoolhouse at 720 Magnolia Road. Surveys may be submitted on-line at SurveyMonkey.com/r/NorthbridgePigSurvey

The 12-question survey asks residents about the ultimate usage for the property, as well as suggestions for changes to the surrounding roads, including lowering the speed limit and adding bicycle and pedestrian paths. One of the usage options included in the survey was a park-and-ride bus lot. That idea was previously rejected by the Old Towne District Task Force, an organization which contains leaders from the surrounding neighborhoods. The Task Force sent a letter to Mayor John Tecklenburg stating its opposition to placing a bus lot on the property. Some uses which have previously been recommended by West Ashley residents include a music performance center, farmers market, a public meeting space, a horticultural garden and various retail uses.

The Tuesday, July 10 drop-in at the Schoolhouse runs from 8 am to 8 pm. The Wednesday session takes place from 8 to 5, followed by the WARC meeting, which will include a public comment period. Those participating in the gateway workshops will have a chance to meet newly hired West Ashley Project Coordinator Eric Pohlman. Pohlman recently served as an urban planner for the Town of Mt. Pleasant and expresses a passion for “urban walkability.”