West Ashley United Day celebrates past, present and future of community

CHARLESTON, SC (WCSC) - Saturday was all about celebrating West Ashley's past, present and future.

It's part of the Second Annual West Ashley United Day at Citadel Mall.

It was an opportunity for West Ashley business owners to make themselves known.

Brooke Floyd offers sewing classes with Five Eighth Seams.

"We love being in West Ashley we think it's a great community," Floyd said.

She says there were able to get new exposure.

"You think everybody knows and then everyone we've met so far did not know so it was good to come out," Floyd said.

Sonia Mullings and her husband own a Caribbean restaurant in West Ashley, Taste of the Islands.

"We are supporting the West Ashley community and it's great meeting everyone, people who didn't know where we existed," Mullings said.

Face painting, balloons and games were just some of the kid activities. They could also get to know first responders.

The West Ashley High Robotics team also displayed their engineering skills.

Carolina Ortiz is on the team and is a junior at West Ashley High School.

"We love it because we get to show the little kids about the robotics and possibly illuminate that want to join robotics in the future," Ortiz said.

West Ashley United, the non-profit behind this event, works to enhance the community. According to the group its a grassroots effort started by three long-time West Ashley residents who share a mutual passion to enhance West Ashley neighborhoods and businesses through a spirit of ownership and citizen involvement.

People could learn about revitalization plans for the area at the event.

Peter Shahid is the Chairman of the West Ashley Revitalization Commission and a Charleston city councilman for District 9.

"We're looking at all different components," Shahid said. "We're looking at transportation, storm water runoff... other modes of transportation, how to improve the roads, and recreation things."

The commission wants your input.

"Anything is open on ideas to spur economic growth for West Ashley," Shahid said.

Mayor John Tecklenburg has led the city in revitalization efforts for the West Ashley community.

"It's going to be really terrific as we finish up our incredible plan for the future of West Ashley," Tecklenburg said.

To learn more about the West Ashley Revitalization Commission and public meeting times click here.

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