February 17, 2014
Another reminder — The next meeting of the Fort Dorchester Residential Association is Monday, March 3, at 7 p.m. at the new Wescott community center building — right in front of the dog park. Police Chief Eddie Driggers will speak. I will update you on several issues, like the Charleston County recycling plant planning and proposed traffic improvements on Palmetto Commerce Parkway. The FDRA has become a forum and a voice for our broad community. Everyone is invited ! I hope YOU will be there on March 3.
Back-to-back ice storms have brought many challenges to the city’s Public Works Department. By all accounts, though, the department has performed well and we thank all residents for their patience. Garbage, trash and recycling pickups should be on schedule this week.
Some good news on a very popular issue among District 4 and District 9 residents — Marshalls at the Corner at Wescott has moved its opening up to this Thursday, February 20. The celebration begins at 8 a.m. “The new North Charleston store will be stocked with a new, fresh assortment of the designer and brand-name merchandise that shoppers love, every single week,” said Richard Sherr, president of Marshalls. Opening-day promotions include giveaways and prizes. Also, Marshalls will present My Sister’s House, a nonprofit that provides safe haven for domestically abused families, with a $5,000 donation at the Feb. 20 ribbon cutting. This 25,000 square foot store will replace the chain’s Rivers’ Avenue store which will close this week. New stores and restaurants are opening steadily at this very attractive new shopping center. Harris Teeter continues to draw big crowds a month after its opening.
Look for new signs at the Corner at Wescott to guide traffic from the parking areas back to Dorchester Road — and a new sign near Old Glory that will feature a marquee for Fort Dorchester Elementary. The city will soon be doing some upgrades on the Wescott subdivision monument signs and fencing at the Dorchester – Wescott Boulevard intersection. Also, work on the Dorchester Road buffer will begin soon under the supervision of the city. This will groom the buffer and with supplemental plantings, the opacity will be increased.
There are two major concerns about Charleston County’s recent decision to locate its new recycling facility on Palmetto Commerce Parkway – buffering of this facility for neighborhoods, like Indigo Palms, Coosaw Creek and the new Coosaw Preserve development, and traffic on Palmetto Commerce Parkway. We now have assurances that Indigo Palms and Coosaw Creek will be separated from the new facility by wetlands and an agriculture property. The facility will be no closer than .7 mile to the nearest property line at Coosaw Creek, farther, of course, for Indigo Palms. I will have maps and aerial photography to display at the FDRA meeting March 3. As for truck traffic issues — this is very much an unsettled matter. I will share views with you on March 3.
Look for some news soon about the future of the Festival Shopping Center, Ashley Phosphate/Patriot Boulevard/Dorchester Road. This long suffering property apparently is destined for a major overhaul with some very interesting commercial commitments. Still early for details but planning is in progress – and that’s a very good thing.
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