Charleston city leaders consider aquatic center for Citadel Mall redevelopment

Charleston city leaders consider aquatic center for Citadel Mall redevelopment
Published: Mar. 23, 2016 at 9:56 PM EDT|Updated: Mar. 23, 2016 at 9:57 PM EDT
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CHARLESTON, SC (WCSC) - Charleston city leaders unveiled a new idea for redeveloping West of the Ashley.

At a business association meeting Wednesday, it was announced that an aquatic center is being considered for land at the Citadel Mall.

Charleston city council member Kathleen Wilson is excited about the future development in this area, which has nearly 70 acres of land.

"There are only so many shops and restaurants we can put, that's all well and good but there have to be other things included in a redevelopment," said Wilson.

Wilson says that the council is looking to build something on the property that will not only bring people together, but add to the residents quality of health and wellness.

"There is a demand, an increased demand for better quality facilities than what we currently offer," said Wilson.

Wilson believes building the aquatic center would bring more businesses to the area, as well.

Several local business representatives present at the meeting were open to the project and felt it could be good for business.

"It would just be a nice thing to see that area develop and turn into something that is a prize that people want to come see," said Brad Davis, Hendrick Automotive Group.

Wilson says this center could take up three, of the 70, acres available at the Citadel Mall. It would include a multitude of features and amenities, like a lap swimming pool and area for children.

"Anything that increases the quality of life, or that our families can use on a daily basis, I think that's a big plus," said Keith Waring, city council member.

"I think it's a great idea," said Sarah Moore, mother and resident of West Ashley. "West Ashley is a great area, there's so many good families here and I think having more things around, just to bring everybody together, would be great."

This idea is in the early stages. City council members say from here, they'll start looking into the costs associated with building and maintaining it.

"The whole city is lacking in health and wellness, we don't have the quality recreation that a city like this deserves," said Wilson.

We'll keep you updated on the developments.

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