Wescott Park – Traffic Impact Analysis

A traffic impact analysis was conducted for the proposed Wescott Park recreational development located in the City of North Charleston, South Carolina. The proposed development will consist of a 24-acre park, which will include a baseball complex with three ball fields, a baseball training facility, an outdoor classroom and a multi-use field, concessions and associated facilities, picnic shelters, and various play-garden facilities.

Access to the park will be provided through one full-access driveway along Dorchester Road, opposite of Cannondale Drive at an existing median opening. The buildout date of the park is expected to be in late 2012; to provide for a conservative analysis, future-year 2013 conditions was selected for the analysis of the Build scenario.

The results of the analyses indicate that the signalized study intersections currently operate and are expected to continue to operate at an acceptable LOS. At the unsignalized Dorchester Road & Project Driveway/Cannondale Drive intersection, the results of the analysis show that the side-street approach currently operates at LOS E conditions in the Saturday peak hour and is expected to operate at LOS F conditions for 2013 Build Conditions. However, based upon a field review of the intersection, side-street traffic currently has adequate gaps along Dorchester Road and is expected to continue to in the future due to metering from the adjacent signalized intersections. The wide Dorchester Road median at the intersection also allows for two-stage gap acceptance.
In addition, the results of a preliminary traffic signal warrant review at the unsignalized intersection indicate that the projected side-street traffic volumes are not expected to meet any traffic signal warrants during the study peak hours. Based upon consideration of these factors, no signalization improvements are recommended at this time for the Project Driveway intersection along Dorchester Road.

Lastly, the results of the turn lane analysis indicated that the total turn lane lengths for the proposed southbound left-turn lane and northbound right-turn lane into the Project Driveway are recommended to be 350 feet and 200 feet, respectively.

Speed Bumps on Patron Place

I received responses from our Public Works Department, Planning and Zoning Department, Fire and Risk Management this week. All of them conclude that the speed humps placed on Patron Place (entrance to Kilnsea Village next to Walmart) are permitted since they are on a private driveway. North Charleston does not have jurisdiction or control over them.

Bid Openings

Memorandum ——— City of North Charleston Purchasing Department

Subj: Bid Openings

Please inform the members of City Council of the Bid openings at 10:00 a.m. and 10:15 a.m., May 9, 2013 for Ashley Phosphate/I-26 Interchange & the Intersection at Brandywine Drive & Ashley Phosphate Grounds Maintenance and Hwy 52/78 & Rivers Avenue Grounds Maintenance.

Bids will be opened in the Rhett Conference Room.

Year-round, regional swimming facility opening in North Charleston



April 10, 2013


City of North Charleston

2500 City Hall Lane

North Charleston, SC 29406


Office of the Mayor

R. Keith Summey


MEDIA CONTACT:            Ryan Johnson

(843) 740-2520 office

(843) 637-1428 cell


Year-round, regional swimming facility opening in North Charleston

NORTH CHARLESTON, SC – A ceremony will be held on Friday, April 12, 2013 at 10:00am to commemorate the reopening of the swim facility at the Danny Jones Complex.  The facility is now fully enclosed and heated for year-round access and will give a significant boost to Lowcountry aquatic athletics and programming.  In addition, the benefits of the improvements will be passed along to the North Charleston community, providing an endless swimming season.  The pool will officially reopen on Monday, April 15, 2013.

The improvements to the Danny Jones Complex are the culmination of a regional effort of individuals in the local swim community, led by Dr. Cavazzoni through the Logan Rutledge Children’s Foundation. Last year, the group approached the City of North Charleston to address the Lowcountry’s lack of a swim facility to accommodate year-round, indoor training for competitive swimmers, education in water safety, swim lessons, and senior aquatic activities. The group’s Lowcountry Aquatic Project Swimming (LAPS) Program seeks to provide lifelong aquatics opportunities for Lowcountry residents – with a special emphasis on teaching children in underprivileged Lowcountry areas to swim, in order to prevent accidental drownings and promoting youth wellness to fight childhood obesity and diabetes.

The group raised $350,000 in private funds and in-kind donations from community members, businesses, and institutions for the swim facility project.  In addition to the private fundraising, the Town of Mount Pleasant and the Charleston County Parks and Recreation Commission each committed $100,000, totaling $200,000.

The City of North Charleston conducted the $1,800,000 improvements to the facility.  The City’s Parks and Recreation Department will manage daily operations.

Schedule of pool activities and hours of operation


WHAT:                 Year round swimming facility commemoration

 WHEN:                 Friday, April 12, 2013 10:00 am

 WHERE:               Danny Jones Complex

1455 Monitor Street

North Charleston, SC 29405

Annual North Charleston Arts Festival Set for May 3-11

Annual North Charleston Arts Festival Set for May 3-11

Nine-day celebration of the arts offers something for everyone

NORTH CHARLESTON, SC – The annual North Charleston Arts Festival is just one month away, set to kick off on May 3 and conclude on May 11. Now in its 31st year, the nine day event has matured into one of the most comprehensive arts festival in the state, drawing thousands of residents and visitors to experience the talents of national, regional, and local artists and performers in the areas of Dance, Music, Theatre, Visual Arts, Crafts, Photography, Media Arts, and Literature. Nearly 100 festival offerings are scheduled to take place in a variety of venues throughout North Charleston and the surrounding area, including libraries, community centers, schools, civic auditoriums, and parks.

Recognized by the Southeast Tourism Society as a Top 20 Event, the North Charleston Arts Festival offers something for everyone. The City of North Charleston Cultural Arts Department organizes and presents the event each year, striving to maintain the spirit of a public celebration with the mission of presenting a broad, multidiscipline event schedule that provides a wide range of performances, exhibitions, and activities for people of all ages and backgrounds. Many of the offerings are free, and those that are ticketed are moderately priced.

“The variety of Arts Festival offerings and the inclusiveness of the event have really become a point of pride for the City of North Charleston,” says North Charleston Mayor, Keith Summey. “The event provides both our residents and visitors from throughout the Southeast a myriad of opportunities to experience high quality programming in every arts discipline in a variety of traditional and non-traditional settings.”

The Arts Festival Main Event, held on Saturday, May 4, and Sunday, May 5, at the North Charleston Performing Arts Center and Charleston Area Convention Center, offers free admission and parking to over forty performances on four themed stages: General Audience, Cultural Heritage, Youth Entertainment, and Bands.  Other features include judged fine art and photography exhibits; the 12th annual South Carolina Palmetto Hands Fine Craft Exhibit; youth art from Charleston, Berkeley and Dorchester county students; the Lowcountry Gem & Mineral Society show and sale; the Village Antiques & Collectibles show; children’s activities at Box City and Creation Stations; art & craft vendors, a food court, and much more.

Individual events take place throughout the nine days of the festival at various locations.  An exciting array of free and ticketed offerings include concerts, street dances, theatre presentations, film screenings, art workshops and demonstrations, an art walk, children’s programs, and a Grand Finale at the beautiful North Charleston Riverfront Park. Examples of visual art exhibitions on view during the festival include a group display of contemporary works by artists from Pinar del Rio, Cuba; the 8th annual National Outdoor Sculpture Exhibition; an Art & Fine Craft CoOp Gallery & Sale; the 7th Annual African American Fiber Art Exhibition; a Wearable Art Exhibit and Pop Up Shop; and The PODS Project, featuring interactive installations created within portable storage units. This year’s Grand Finale on May 11 features a Tri-County school showcase, music and dance performances, a slam poetry show, children’s activities, food trucks, and an evening concert by Rivers & Company. The event concludes with a fantastic fireworks display over the Cooper River.

Applications are now being accepted for participation in the Festival’s Art Walk and Opening Processional. Entry instructions for the Festival’s Judged Fine Art Exhibition, Judged Photography Exhibition, and Tri-County Youth Art Exhibition, as well as Volunteer sign-up forms are also available. Applications can be found at NorthCharlestonArtsFest.com/apply.

For more 2013 North Charleston Arts Festival information, including event details and venue information, visit NorthCharlestonArtsFest.com or contact the North Charleston Cultural Arts Department office at (843) 740-5854.

Road Construction on Riverbluff Parkway

Sanders Brothers Construction Co., Inc.
1990 Harley St. PO Box 60969
North Charleston, SC 29419

April 3, 2013

Media Notice

RE: Road Construction on Riverbluff Parkway

Sanders Brothers Construction Company would like to announce plans to begin road work on the intersection of Riverbluff Parkway and Evangeline Drive in North Charleston. The work consists of concrete valley gutter repair with traffic being detoured through Alexandria Lane back to Evangeline Drive. Work will begin on April 5, 2013 and will take place between 8:00 AM and 6:00 PM. It is expected to take one (1) day to perform the work, weather permitting. The detour will stay up overnight to allow the concrete to set up and will be taken down the following morning.

We ask that all motorists in the area be prepared for delays, and use an alternate route if possible. If you have any questions please call the office at 744-4261.

Thank you for your consideration and please help promote work zone safety.

Street Lighting – The Corner at Wescott

Due to construction related to the Corner at Wescott, some of the existing street light poles on Wescott Blvd between Dorchester Road and Old Glory Lane will need to be temporarily removed and reinstalled.  There will also be some remaining street lights that won’t be energized as well from Dorchester Road to just past Windsor Club Apartments, these lights would be out until the first week in May.



Half-Moon Outfitters mural competition underway

 NORTH CHARLESTON, SC – Half-Moon Outfitters is partnering with the City of North Charleston Cultural Arts Department to host a public mural competition. Lowcountry visual artists age 18 and up are invited to submit proposals for a public art piece to be installed on the exterior of Half-Moon Outfitters’ new building addition, the Half-Moon Annex, located on the corner of East Montague and Jenkins Avenues in the Olde Village area of North Charleston. Up to three artists will be selected. Selected artists will be given a materials stipend to create an 8’x8’ mural and have an opportunity to compete for 1st, 2nd, and 3rd place prizes. Deadline for proposals is 5:00pm on Friday, April 19.

To apply, artists must provide sketches of the proposed mural, a written description of the piece including information on medium, inspiration, and execution methods, a resume, and contact information. Application materials should be submitted by the deadline to City of North Charleston Arts Coordinator, AnneTrabue W. Nelson, via email, post, or hand-delivery to:




City of North Charleston Cultural Arts Department

PO Box 190016

North Charleston, SC 29419-9016


Cultural Arts Dept. Office

North Charleston City Hall, 2nd Floor

2500 City Hall Lane

North Charleston, SC 29406

 There is no theme for the mural competition; however, mural concepts must be family-friendly and appropriate for public display. Half-Moon Outfitters will furnish an 8’x8’ wooden panel and a $100 materials stipend for each selected artist. Any additional materials expenses must be covered by the artist. Artists will be notified of selections by Friday, April 26. Murals must be complete and ready for installation by Tuesday, May 7. A free public reception will be held in honor of the mural artists during the 2013 North Charleston Arts Festival Art Walk on Wednesday, May 8, from 5:00-8:00pm. During the event, the public will be invited to vote on their favorite mural. Results of the vote will determine 1st, 2nd, and 3rd place prizes, which are Half-Moon Outfitters gift cards in the amounts of $300, $200, and $100, respectively.

For more information about the Half-Moon Outfitters public mural competition, contact AnneTrabue W. Nelson at 843-740-5852 or anelson@northcharleston.org. For more information about Half-Moon Outfitters, visit www.halfmoonoutfitters.com. To learn more about other programs and artist opportunities offered by the City of North Charleston Cultural Arts Department, visit http://bit.ly/culturalarts.

About Half-Moon Outfitters

Half-Moon Outfitters, founded in 1993 and based in Charleston, SC, features clothing and gear for adventure and travel. Offering lines that include Patagonia, The North Face, Chaco, Black Diamond and Mountain Hardwear, experienced staff members guide customers through equipment selection with safety, comfort and fun in mind. Half-Moon employees share a love of the outdoors with a commitment to the environment. Half-Moon Outfitters has eight stores in South Carolina and Georgia and also a Web-based store. For more information, visit www.halfmoonoutfitters.com.