Public to give ideas for Dupont/Wappoo neighborhood plan

Published: Jun. 9, 2015 at 9:33 PM EDT|Updated: Jun. 9, 2015 at 10:14 PM EDT
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Source: City of Charleston
Source: City of Charleston

WEST ASHLEY, SC (WCSC) - Community members will get a chance to speak up about revitalizing part of West Ashley.

The city wants to create a plan for several neighborhoods in the area of Dupont Road, Wappoo Road, and Savannah Highway.

Many people are excited this meeting is finally happening.

Revitalizing this section of West Ashley has been in the works for years now.

A large portion of possible development is available at the intersection of Wappoo Road and Savannah Highway.

A sign stands on the land that reads, "Coming Soon, Limehouse Station".

This was the spot where Dupont Produce Shed was located about 10 years ago, the company relocated to North Charleston six years ago. Meanwhile, the physical building was torn down in 2013.

In 2011 Limehouse Properties talked about creating a mixed-use development in this location. The sign posted on the property states it would be a seven-acre retail development.

A.L. Saad & Companies, the developer for the property, said they're still working on the plans for that area. Alfred Saad, the developer, said he has several different versions of what could go there including retails spaces on the front, and apartments behind it.

He said at this point he doesn't know when those plans will be submitted.

It's properties like Limehouse's that the city of Charleston and the Charleston County Planning Departments want to address at the public meeting.

Tim Keane, Charleston's city planner, who is leaving to take a job in Atlanta sometime soon, said their concerned about the West Ashley bikeway and greenway in the area.

That bikeway runs along the Limehouse property, and the greenway runs parallel south of Savannah Highway.

City and county officials want to make sure it's safe for pedestrians and bicyclists in the area of Savannah Highway and Wappoo Road, and want to remake the intersection.

Additional ideas include interest in modernizing homes and businesses in the area. Some homeowners want to keep their homes values up, and believe upgrades will help. This may include creating more businesses here, however others are worried about traffic.

Open houses will be held Wednesday, June 10 and Thursday, June 11 from 4:00 p.m. to 7:00 p.m. at St. Andrew's Middle School in room #119. This is an additional opportunity to share ideas and see the planning work in progress.

On Tuesday, June 23 at 6:00 p.m., a meeting will be held in the auditorium of the school, where the results will be presented from the working meetings, and recommendations will be given on those plans.

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