West Ashley Revitalization Commission process underway

West Ashley Revitalization Commission process underway
November 29 18:52 2016 Print This Article

The West Ashley Revitalization Commission has started making decisions. In its Tuesday meeting at the Roman Catholic Diocese of Charleston, the 19-member commission chose two subcommittee chairs – Citadel professor Maria Aselage for communications and business owner Glenn Lewis for economic development.

Commission Chair Peter Shahid, a Charleston City Councilman whose district is in West Ashley, described the meeting as informational. He encouraged commission members to visit as many West Ashley venues as possible and do their holiday shopping in West Ashley. Shahid wants the members to view the positives and negatives of the area and come up with a vision of how to make it better.

There was a lot of input from commission members based on their initial observations. Former Charleston City Councilwoman Anne Francis Bleeker noted that Sam Rittenberg Boulevard needs more landscaping and curb appeal. Member Joseph Grant spoke about departing a nearly empty parking lot at Citadel Mall during holiday shopping season.

The City of Charleston is entering into a contract with consulting firm Dover, Kohl and Partners of Coral Gables, Florida to facilitate the planning process. The firm specializes in suburban revitalization projects and has worked on local projects, such as the Johnny Dodds Boulevard corridor in Mt. Pleasant. Public input will be sought throughout West Ashley. The Revitalization Commission will take the planning input and make recommendations, which will ultimately be voted on by City Council.

The next commission meeting is a goal-setting workshop, which will be held in January. Future meetings will be held on Thursday afternoons at sites throughout West Ashley, possibly including Bees Landing Recreation Center, the Town and Country Inn, Charles Towne Landing, and the Citadel Mall.