Wescott Circle-Assisted Living Center –The well-attended public meeting last Monday evening produced two primary concerns: 1.) the scale of the proposed four-floor building and 2.) the functionality and inherent traffic safety of the Wescott Traffic Circle. We have progress already on both issues. The developers working with architects in Dallas, Texas, have concluded they can reduce the height of the building to three floors. All buffering requirements will remain as proposed. The amendments needed to the 2006 Planned Development District will soon be before the Planning Commission. These developers have done exactly what they promised during the meeting – consider the possibilities of reducing the profile of this building. It was very clear at our Monday evening meeting that there is growing anxiety about the Wescott traffic circle. Councilman Stigler and I have shared such concerns frequently in our conversations with city planners. Following last Monday’s meeting, I spoke with Dwight during his vacation in Montana and then to Mayor Summey and his staff. The mayor actually drove over to Mount Pleasant to inspect personally a recently designed traffic circle. He has now directed police traffic professionals to work with public works to implement some interim improvements. Very soon residents will see signs announcing the changes which should be fully implemented by September 1. And these changes will include one well-marked lane within the circle, lower speed limits within the circle and at the approaches to the circle, warning lights for speed changes and better lane markings. There will also be more enforcement of speed limits. These are interim steps — the Mayor and his staff are considering long range solutions to this intersection, and now such planning will be a part of the development projects being proposed.
Gas Station Rumors – I tracked one of these to its source this week and learned such a proposal for the Corner at Wescott was being considered. I’ve informed the developer that gas stations are not permitted uses in any part of the Dorchester Overlay District, which includes most of District 4. It is possible that an exemption could be proposed to the city, via Planning Commission and City Council procedures. I don’t think any such proposal would be approved and, as I have informed the developers, I would not support it.
Sunrise Development – As reported last week, this condominium project at the Patriot Boulevard “hairpin” as approved in 2008, is moving toward implementation. This was the final amendment to The Farm at Wescott planned development district. The developer – D.R. Horton – now wants to convert to townhomes and spread the footprint somewhat to the west side of Patriot once the “hairpin” is redesigned. The developer could proceed immediately with the original condo plan but the proposed changes require Planning Commission reviews and City Council approvals. Biggest concern is density/number of units and quality of external materials. I will keep everyone informed. WWW.NorthCharleston.org is a full service interactive tool for residents. Visit it often for up to date information on activities and services provided by your city government. If you’re interested in crime statistics and daily reports, go to http://www.northcharleston.org/Residents/Police/Crime-Stats.aspx And if you ever have a question that I might be able to answer, please contact me at email@example.com Tell your neighbors about this little newsletter and I’ll be glad to add to the “mailing” list anyone interested in receiving it. Just send me a note at firstname.lastname@example.org