On October 7, 2006, the City of Charleston, through the ef-                                      The results of the Workshop are demonstrated in the at-
forts of the Civic Design Center, sponsored the Cooper River                                     tached report. In summary, the responses and input from
Bridge Planning Workshop, another opportunity for the com-                                       the community reinforced many of the earlier findings,
munity to participate in the ongoing planning efforts to re-                                     particularly as regards housing mixtures and affordability
knit the neighborhoods where the old Cooper River Bridges                                        issues. If it was not clear before, the Workshop has point-
once stood. Citizens were invited to roll up their sleeves and                                   edly demonstrated that, while the goal of re-knitting is a
help the City and community refine the vision for the neigh-                                      laudable and desirable guiding principle, the defining is-
borhood affected by the replacement of the Cooper River                                          sue that will determine the community’s acceptance and
Bridges. This Workshop will help define physical improvements                                     perception of success for the Bridge redevlopment will be
that can enhance the area, such as new housing, locations                                        housing affordability. This will be a significant challenge for
for businesses and community service groups, and new streets                                     the project, and should likely be a primary focus for the
and public spaces. Participants were able to view the work                                       upcoming Economic Feasibility Study.
that has occurred to date, and were given a chance to help
determine the kind of neighborhood that will be created.                                         The feedback on other issues were generally consistent
                                                                                                 with expectations, although the priority given to improve-
The Workshop was free and open to the public. It was ag-                                         ments to Martin Park seem to take on a greater impor-
gressively promoted: over 1000 flyers were distributed to                                         tance than previously demonstrated, as did the desirability
Cooper River Bridge Neighborhood Planning Workshop churches, social service agen-                of making great streets. Business and economic develop-
                                                           cies and neighborhood groups;
                                                            Mayor Joseph P. Riley Jr.
                                                          and Charleston City Council            ment responses were generally inclusive of a variety of
                                                           a prominent advertisement             business types, and were less assertive on keeping busi-
                       invite your participation in an interactive workshop to
                  continue planning efforts for physical improvements in the
                  neighborhood affected by the Cooper River Bridge Replacement

              •   Help reknit the neighborhood
                                                           was placed in the Charleston          nesses focused on commercial corridors; live-work was a
                                       October 7, 2006 Chronicle; notices were post-             concept that was generally well-received. Effective traffic
                  Tell us what you think
                  Initiate positive change
              •   Interactive events

                                             9 am - 3 pm
                                                           ed on every street within the         management, while a priority, was not as clearly defined.
              •   Identify opportunities
              •   Locate area challenges
              •   Refreshments provided                       (drop-in when it’s convenient)

                  Trident Technical College, Palmer Campus
                                                           Bridge area; and notification
                                                           was made at neighborhood              The general tenor of the community’s input in this Work-
                                             (Columbus Street at America Street)

                               A chance to shape your community

                           City of Charleston              meetings and at City Council.
                             Questions? Please call Charleston Civic Design Center at 958.6416
                                                                                                 shop was refreshingly positive and optimistic, even with
                                                                                                 the pressing concerns about crime and gentrification. This
The Workshop was a useful tool for gaining feedback from                                         optimism might best be captured in the following summa-
community members about the priorities and issues surround-                                      ry comment provided by a resident in the surveys:
ing the Bridge Redevelopment Project. While not as heavily                                       ”As a homeowner, church member and business owner in this
attended as hoped, turnout was typical for this kind of event.                                   impacted area of the eastside, I hope to see in my life time a re-knitted
Those who did attend generally participated in a very ac-                                        area, with state of the art schools, well equipped parks, affordable
                                                                                                 housing to bring back families that are wanting to put down root and
tive way, with most attendees filling out surveys, contribut-                                     stake in our neighborhood. Trees planted with year trimming and
ing comments to questionnaires, and/or engaging Workshop                                         street cleaning, drainage, lighting, etc. I have seen the worst in my
staffers in discussions to make their opinions known.                                            neighborhood. Now I am ready for the best!!”

COOPER RIVER BRIDGE OCTOBER 7, 2006                                                                                             EXECUTIVE SUMMARY
are you           James Smart
                  Meg Waters
from the          Carl Smith
                  Tracy McKee
b r i d g e       Edward Jones
                  Joseph B. Watson
a r e a ?         Latonya Memminger
                  Kathleen Wilson
                  Lamar Bonaparte         Y   N
                  Ernest Andrade          Y   N
                  Jeremy Browning         Y   N
                  Chris Inglese           Y   N
                  Josh Martin             Y   N
                  Eric Schultz            Y   N
                  Art Maybank             Y   N
                  B. Gerald               Y   N
                  Sheila Powell           Y   N
                  Mario Inglese           Y   N
                  Walter and Susie Kawa   Y   N
                  Bette Prevost           Y   N
                  Hattie Hodges           Y   N
                  Willette Wilkins        Y   N
                  Leon Alston             Y   N
                  Stephanie Newkirk       Y   N
                  Orlando Newkirk         Y   N
                  John Middleton Jr.      Y   N
                  Matt Crum               Y   N
                  Arthur Lawrence         Y   N
                  Ellery Walde            Y   N
                  Ed Kronsberg            Y   N
                  Lisa Daye               Y   N
                  Mario White             Y   N
                  Bill Wallace            Y   N
                  Ronald T. Brown         Y   N
                  Derick Blakey           Y   N
                  Laura Langley           Y   N
                  Julie Hussey            Y   N
                  Eugene Jenkins          Y   N

                                                    Existing streets are reconnected
                                                      what has already been completed
                                                                                           October 2006 Planning Worksh
            CHECK OUT OUR PROGRESS!                   what has yet to be completed

           First Cooper River Bridge Neighbor-      October 2006 Planning Workshop
                               hood Workshops                                   Economic Feasibility Study for

                                                    Economic Feasibility Study for
                 New Bridge construction begins
                                                    redevelopment                  Planning Sessions with commu
                                                                                   Redevelopment Committee

           Planning Sessions with community and     Planning Sessions with community and
                           Mitigation Committee     Redevelopment Committee
                                                                                 Repo r t to Cit y Counci l

               Report to Charleston City Council    Repo r t to Cit y Counci l      Transfer of properties from SC
                                                                                    City of Charleston, as per Mitig
                                                    Transfer of properties from SCDOT to
           SCDOT/City of Charleston Mitigation      City of Charleston, as per Mitigation Coope r Rive r B r idge
                                                                                    F i nal
                        Agreement established       Agreement                       Neighbo r hood Plan and
                                                                                    I mplementation St rategy
                                                    Fi nal Coope r Rive r B r idge
                 New Cooper River Bridge opens      Neighbo r hood Plan and
                                                    I mplementation St rategy Making it happen

            Old Cooper River Bridges demolished     Making it happen

                                                                                             what has already been completed

                 Existing streets are reconnected   Completion....                          what has yet to be completed

                                                      what has already been completed

                                                      what has yet to be completed
               October 2006 Planning Workshop                                           PLAN OF ACTION                         DESIGN
                                                                   CIVIC                          CIVIC
HOW IMPORTANT IS THIS?                                             DESIGN
                                                                                                                                                                    HOW IMPORTANT IS THIS?
MOST               LEAST                                                                                                                                            MOST               LEAST

                           Reconnect old north-south streets                                                                  New and improved public realm
 5     4           1                                                                                                                                                 5     3   3

                           Create smaller city blocks                                                                         More or better green spaces
  4    2           3                                                                                                                                                 8     3   3   1   1

                           Merge existing neighborhood                                                                        Introduce new civic institutions
 3     4       2   2       boundaries
                                                                                                                                                                     3     1   3   3   1

                                                                RE-KNITTING THE NEIGHBORHOOD

                                                                                               IMPROVE PUBLIC/ CIVIC SPACES
                           Buildings that are compatible in                                                                   Reinvestment and expansion of
  4    4   2   1   4       scale with existing context                                                                        existing parks
                                                                                                                                                                    10     1   2   1   1

                           Uses that are compatible with sur-                                                                 Specific programming of public
  5    3   2   1   3       rounding activities                                                                                spaces                                 5     2   3       1

                           New buildings that are compat-                                                                     Accessibility and visibility
  4    1   2   2   5       ible in character with the old                                                                                                            8         2       2

                           Economic integration of new and                                                                    Active uses (such as recreation)
  4    6   1       1       old
                                                                                                                                                                    10     6

                           Create a new community re-                                                                         Passive uses (for relaxation)
  6    3   1   1           source center                                                                                                                             7     4   3

                           Encourage a strong neighbor-                                                                       Issues of control and policing
 10    5       1           hood school presence                                                                                                                      9     2   1

                           Add affordable home-ownership                                                                      Fostering community ownership of
 13    3   2               opportunities                                                                                      public spaces and parks
                                                                                                                                                                     8     3   2   1
                                                                                                   PRINCIPLE 2
                                                                 PRINCIPLE 1

                           Adjacent residents should be                                                                       Maintenance and cleaning of
 12    5   1       1       able to stay in the neighborhood                                                                   new and existing spaces
                                                                                                                                                                    11         1       1

                           Restore diversity of uses and peo-                                                                 Opportunities for vendors in public
 8     2   1       3       ple that used to be in the area                                                                    spaces                                10     2   2   1   1

COOPER RIVER BRIDGE OCTOBER 7, 2006                                                                                           DESIGN PRINCIPLE INPUT RESULTS
                                                                           CIVIC                       CIVIC
THIS?   HOW IMPORTANT IS THIS?                                             DESIGN
                                                                                                                                                                         HOW IMPORTANT IS THIS?
        MOST               LEAST                                                                                                                                         MOST               LEAST

                                   Target specific flood-prone areas                                                                  A new street should be a neigh-
         10    2   1                                                                                                                                                      4     1   1       5
                                                                                                                                    borhood arterial like Columbus St.

                                   Fix the drainage, even if it makes                                                               Free-flow of traffic on new streets
          4    6   1       2                                                                                                                                               3    1   1       4
                                   new housing more expensive                                                                       takes load off of existing streets

                                   Add water-retention features to                                                                  Traffic should not undermine the
          8    4   2   2           green spaces                                                                                     re-knitting goal
                                                                                                                                                                           4    1       1   2

                                                                                                    CREATE A NEW EAST/WEST STREET
                                   Create ‘bio-swales’ along streets                                                                Keep all traffic slow
          3        4   1   2       to help reduce water pollution
                                                                                                                                                                           7    2   1   1   1

                                                                        ATTACK THE DRAINAGE ISSUE
                                   Limit impervious (hard-paved) lot                                                                A new street provides an easy
          3    1   3   1   2       coverage                                                                                         east-bound shortcut to East Bay       4     2   1   2   3

                                   Design ‘green roofs’ on new build-                                                               A new bike lane can be integrat-
          5    3           2       ings to reduce run-off                                                                           ed with a new street                   7    2       1   2

                                   Provide cisterns on each site to                                                                 Street trees provide shade and
          3    3   2   1   1       hold and re-use rainwater                                                                        character
                                                                                                                                                                           8    2   1       1

                                   Hard-paved areas should use                                                                      Change one-way streets to two-
          6    2           2       new pervious technologies                                                                        way streets
                                                                                                                                                                           4    3   2       3

                                   Increase areas of green space                                                                    A new street provides a west-
          4    3           1       and permeable surface                                                                            bound link to Meeting Street           1    2   3       3

                                   Flooding is expensive to fix, but                                                                 A new street should have wider
          9    5       1           worth it                                                                                         sidewalks and planting areas
                                                                                                                                                                           5    4   1   2   2
                                                                                                         PRINCIPLE 4
                                                                         PRINCIPLE 3

                                   Drainage issues extend outside of                                                                New development should be
          8    1           1       the study area; focus here first                                                                  protected from new traffic
                                                                                                                                                                                2   2   1   6

                                                                                                                                    Increase on-street parking
                                                                                                                                                                           4    2   2   1   2

        COOPER RIVER BRIDGE OCTOBER 7, 2006                                                                                         D E SI G N P R I N C I P L E I N P U T R E S U L T S
                                                                            CIVIC                            CIVIC
THIS?   HOW IMPORTANT IS THIS?                                              DESIGN
                                                                                                                                                                                      HOW IMPORTANT IS THIS?
        MOST               LEAST                                                                                                                                                      MOST               LEAST

                                   Provide dedicated bike lanes on                                                                                Autos, pedestrians and bicyclists
          5    2   1   2   4       new streets                                                                                                    should get equal consideration
                                                                                                                                                                                        8    3   2       3

                                                                                                         SAFE INTERSECTION AT EAST BAY/MORRISON
                                   Add a parking area for people                                                                                  Safe crossing and turning move-
          5    2   1   2   3       walking/biking the new bridge                                                                                  ments require lights and controls
                                                                                                                                                                                        7    6   1   1

                                   Create a ‘BikeStation’ service fa-                                                                             Pedestrian friendly crossings and
         3     2   1   2   5       cility for storing/servicing bikes                                                                             controls should be provided
                                                                                                                                                                                       8     3   2

                                                                         CREATE BICYCLE INFRASTRUCTURE
                                   Provide a vendor space for bicy-                                                                               Create memorials that recall the
          2    1   1   5   3       cle rentals                                                                                                    Grace and Pearman Bridges
                                                                                                                                                                                        3    1   1   2   8

                                   Bike safety                                                                                                    Add a parking area here for walk-
          7    3   4       2       Traffic Crossings                                                                                               ing/biking the new bridge             8    2   2   2   2

                                   Bike routes should connect parks,                                                                              Morrison Drive traffic should flow
         11    1   2       2       recreation areas and schools                                                                                   quickly, as long as it’s safe
                                                                                                                                                                                        3    2   3       2

                                   Bike route connects to Peninsula’s                                                                             Morrison Drive traffic should be
          6    1   2   1   3       ‘spine’ and future bike routes                                                                                 slowed to lower its impact
                                                                                                                                                                                        2    3   2       4

                                   Dedicated bicycle crossing at                                                                                  Cross-peninsula traffic should
          7        2       3       Meeting St. and Morrison Drive                                                                                 flow easily thru the intersection      2    2   4       4

                                   Define a larger network of down-                                                                                The increased traffic from the
          6    3       1   3       town bike and pedestrian routes                                                                                new bridge can be detrimental         3    1   6   1   2

                                   Bike lane that is a ‘demonstration’                                                                            The increased traffic from the
          5    1       1   4       of innovation                                                                                                  new bridge brings more vitality
                                                                                                                                                                                        5    3   3   1   1
                                                                                                               PRINCIPLE 6
                                                                          PRINCIPLE 5

                                   Shady routes for bicyclists and pe-                                                                            Safety
          3    1   3   1   5       destrians                                                                                                                                           10    3

                                   Bikes and pedestrians should have                                                                              Convenience and efficiency
         3     1   3       5       separate paths/routes                                                                                                                                8    4           1

        COOPER RIVER BRIDGE OCTOBER 7, 2006                                                                                                       DESIGN PRINCIPLE INPUT RESULTS
                                                                            CIVIC                               CIVIC
THIS?   HOW IMPORTANT IS THIS?                                              DESIGN
                                                                                                                                                                        HOW IMPORTANT IS THIS?
        MOST               LEAST                                                                                                                                        MOST               LEAST

                                   Meeting Street at I-26 should be                                                                Streets should have aesthetically
          8    6       1   3       like a gateway to the city                                                                      pleasing character
                                                                                                                                                                         11    2   2   1   1

                                                                        CREATE A WELCOMING SENSE OF ARRIVAL
                                   Get traffic moving as quickly as                                                                 Streets should have a high level
          2    2   5   1   4                                                                                                                                              7    7   1   1   1
                                   possible                                                                                        of public activity

                                   Provide multiple options for driv-                                                              Porches, piazzas and yards pro-
          9    3   2       2       ing through the area                                                                            vide ‘eyes on the street’
                                                                                                                                                                         10    5   2       2

                                   Create a welcoming sense of ar-                                                                 Sidewalks should be wide, shad-
          7    5       1   1       rival with a new feature                                                                        ed and provide safe crossings
                                                                                                                                                                          8    8   2   1

                                   Pedestrian friendly environment                                                                 Building entrances should be fac-
          6    5   2   1   1       with wide sidewalks and shade                                                                   ing onto the street
                                                                                                                                                                          9    5   2   1   1

                                   Provide a new public space at                                                                   On-street parking should be add-
          2    2   2   2   6       the Meeting/I-26 intersection                                                                   ed wherever possible
                                                                                                                                                                          7    7   1   1   1

                                                                                                              MAKE GREAT STREETS
                                   Integrate bicyclists and pedestri-                                                              Off-street parking can be behind
          5    4   2       2       ans with safe crossings                                                                         buildings, not facing the street
                                                                                                                                                                         12    6       1   1

                                   Provide easy east-west flows                                                                     Some amount of commercial or
          4    2   5       2       from I-26 to East Bay/Morrison                                                                  retail space enlivens the street
                                                                                                                                                                          8    5   2       1

                                   Connect Meeting Street to the                                                                   Street lighting and utility poles
          6    2   3       3       Crosstown @ Sheppard Street                                                                     should not be unsightly
                                                                                                                                                                         12    6   1

                                   Traffic should be slowed so as not                                                               Landscaping, cleaning and
          3    4   2   1   2       to affect public spaces                                                                         maintenance improve the street
                                                                                                                                                                         14    5
                                                                         PRINCIPLE 7

                                                                                                                 PRINCIPLE 8

                                   New commercial and retail de-                                                                   Traffic calming is a high priority
          6    8       1   1       velopment to activate the space                                                                                                       10    3   2   1

                                   Clarify traffic movements and                                                                    Easy traffic flow is a high priority
          7    3   1   1                                                                                                                                                 9     4   1   1   2

        COOPER RIVER BRIDGE OCTOBER 7, 2006                                                                                        D E SI G N P R I N C I P L E I N P U T R E S U L T S
                                                                           CIVIC                        CIVIC
THIS?   HOW IMPORTANT IS THIS?                                             DESIGN
                                                                                                                                                                                HOW IMPORTANT IS THIS?
        MOST               LEAST                                                                                                                                                MOST               LEAST

                                   Meeting Street frontages should                                                                         A wide range of housing types
          4    3   2   1   2       be commercial office or retail                                                                           should be provided
                                                                                                                                                                                 10    4   1

                                                                                                    PROVIDE A VARIETY OF HOUSING OPTIONS
                                   Neighborhood commercial and                                                                             Housing should be affordable for
          6    2   3   2           retail can coexist with housing                                                                         a diverse range of incomes
                                                                                                                                                                                 15    3

                                   Larger buildings can bring the                                                                          Home-ownership opportunities
          5    2       2   1       potential for more jobs                                                                                 are needed
                                                                                                                                                                                 15    3

                                                                        SPUR ECONOMIC DEVELOPMENT
                                   Provide Live-Work opportunities,                                                                        Rental housing is a desirable liv-
          7    2   1   1   1       with housing over office/retail                                                                          ing option
                                                                                                                                                                                 8     3   1       3

                                   Large-scale retail, such as a gro-                                                                      ‘Live-Work’ opportunities can
          3    2   5       1       cery store, could be beneficial                                                                          add positive commercial activity      10    3   1       1

                                   East Bay/Morrison Drive is an op-                                                                       Assisted-living and elderly hous-
          3    3   3   1   3       portunity for larger businesses                                                                         ing can be located here               10    6   2

                                   Business activity should be locat-                                                                      Affordability
          5    5   2   1   1       ed on public transit corridors
                                                                                                                                                                                 15    3           1

                                   Parking for businesses should not                                                                       Quality and character of housing
          7    4   3   1           be located in residential areas                                                                         should fit the area                    15    1   1   1   1

                                   Non-profit institutions and service                                                                      Increased density can make for
          8    4   1       1       groups can be located here                                                                              more affordable housing               10    2       1   3

                                   Educational institutions can be                                                                         Single-family homes should be in
          8    4                   beneficial to the area                                                                                   the area                              12    1       1   2
                                                                                                          PRINCIPLE 10
                                                                         PRINCIPLE 9

                                   Businesses should be low-impact                                                                         Housing mix should encourage
          3    4   5       2                                                                                                               diversity of the neighborhood
                                                                                                                                                                                 12    3   2

                                   More businesses and jobs can                                                                            More housing can help support
          8    3   1   1           help stabilize the area                                                                                 neighborhood schools
                                                                                                                                                                                 11    1           2

        COOPER RIVER BRIDGE OCTOBER 7, 2006                                                                                                DESIGN PRINCIPLE INPUT RESULTS
What kinds of businesses would you like to see added to the area? Be as                                                              The type that is located between Columbus and Line Street and some non-
specific as you like...                                                                                                               profit

More new cluster type economic developments situated in the development                                                              More corporate/big business so that these people can come into the
zones.                                                                                                                               community for meals, shopping, and unwinding after work

Businesses different than what there now, no more chicken shops                                                                      Clothing, insurance, retail, and anything positive for bettering the youth

I would like to see business that employs more of the people in the                                                                  Streets like Columbus Street include a mixture of businesses and houses; does
neighborhood                                                                                                                         this mixture work well in the neighborhood?

Small business space, small transportation companies (limo, taxi cab, etc),                                                          Yes (7)
unique shops
                                                                                                                                     • But, be mindful of the existing homeowner and business. Ex: don’t just put
All types from small to corporate art, design, cafes, but would want a large %                                                       a bar there.
to be derived from the community- the city should invest in its people and light
manufacturing.                                                                                                                       • But, there needs to be greater density on Columbus Street both with housing
                                                                                                                                     and businesses.
Music stores, boxing gyms, recreation
                                                                                                                                     ‘Live-Work’ is a traditional model where shop-owners live above their workplace;
Is it more important to attract businesses that provide necessary services (like                                                     is this something that you would like in the area?
groceries) or that provide more job opportunities?
                                                                                                                                     Yes (6)
Yes (6)
                                                                                                                                     • Yes, as well as isolated businesses.

                                                                                                            BUSINESS AND MIXED-USE
                                                                                   TELL US ABOUT...
• Businesses seek scale. Businesses that are production oriented could close
the gap. Grocery stores already surround the neighborhood.                                                                           • We need the businesses, as well as the business owners, within our
                                                                                                                                     neighborhood to respect the people who have lived in the neighborhood for
• Career type businesses that give a future to the people in the neighborhood                                                        longer than they have. They should be willing to hire a kid in the community to
and that have the community interest in mind                                                                                         help keep them off the street as well as promote the continued education of
                                                                                                                                     our children. They should be willing to impact those who live in our community
• More jobs                                                                                                                          other than their own families.

• There should be a mixture so that people are not stuck in minimum wage                                                             • That would be nice. They would not only own a business in our neighborhood
jobs.                                                                                                                                but they would also live there. They would have double stake in our
• Both, but there are more jobs out there besides being a bag boy at a grocery

                                                                                   BUSINESS AND MIXED-USE
store                                                                                                                                • There should be more diverse zoning that allows for structures to be multi-
                                                                                                                                     family, mix of business and housing, or multi-business.

What types of businesses are appropriate to be located in the neighborhood?                                                          Other comments or ideas about Business and Mixed-Use? (please feel free to
                                                                                                                                     write on the back of this sheet)
Both small and large businesses, art galleries, healthy food shopping areas.
                                                                                                                                     We need economic development that invests in the people and brings like-
Banks/ home improvement                                                                                                              minded individuals of all income levels together so that they can develop
                                                                                                                                     businesses together. The current economic model continues to leave the poor
Small corner stores                                                                                                                  doing the labor; a time consuming activity that doesn’t allow for time to create
                                                                                                                                     a business (and often doesn’t provide the extra income to do so). Meanwhile
Light manufacturing, law offices, entertainment, community derived businesses:                                  TELL US ABOUT...      the business owners create more wealth for themselves (as they have the extra
child care, studios, etc.                                                                                                            income to do so).

The types that are targeting the youth of the neighborhood to increase                                                               Make sure to keep the best interest of everyone in the neighborhood to keep
positivism                                                                                                                           positivism

What types of businesses are appropriate to be located on Meeting Street or
on Morrison Drive?

Stop the emphasis on major corridors and integrate businesses within the

Mixture of sales and fast food

COOPER RIVER BRIDGE OCTOBER 7, 2006                                                                                                                         SURVEY SUGGESTIONS
Is there enough public green space in the area? Is there too much?                                                                    • It’s nice to have cafes or spots to buy water-food after physical activity
No (6)                                                                                                                                • Small business that includes a coffee shop, or café with outdoor seating
• There can never be enough green space in a city if it doesn’t disrupt the grid.                                                     Cultural and informational activities, some small retail
It would be nice to connect all of the green spaces of the city and county with
bike paths.                                                                                                                           Amphitheater
• More green space with a park to commemorate Robert E. Lee                                                                           Computer classes
• Not enough. Magnolia trees currently growing in green space between                                                                 Something that helps to recapture the strength of the community’s spirit
cooper and lee streets should be given more consideration!! This area was
designed as a result of the Pearman Bridge being built. It is also a remnant of                                                       Are the current facilities in Martin Park sufficient? What improvements would
the community’s identity, as are the bridges. The part of the city’s reputation                                                       you like to see?
represented by the green space contributes to its marketability. Being as
creative as possible in this regard will maximize the city’s garden appeal.                                                           No (7)
Use the current green space more efficiently (3)                                                                                       • Needs shaded areas, picnic tables, benches, and engaging play equipment.
                                                                                                                                      It is also extremely important to have sufficient security. Lighting and police
• The public green space is underutilized. This needs to be formalized.                                                               presence is necessary.
• Enough. But not well defined. Take down gates/walls around parks.                                                                    • They are NOT sufficient. The pool facility needs to be improved: new locker
                                                                                                                                      rooms, more attractive face around pool that show cases the facility. The
Have you walked or biked across the new Cooper River Bridge? If so, how often                                                         existing fence and overall appearance is uninviting and unattractive.
do you go across?

                                                                                                             PARKS AND PUBLIC SPACE
                                                                                    TELL US ABOUT...
                                                                                                                                      • Needs to accommodate 1,000s of people
No (3)
                                                                                                                                      • I would like to see the awful chain link/barbwire fence around the pool
Yes (7)                                                                                                                               replaced with something more pleasing and inviting.
• Some responses included: Walked once, 2 times per month, Every weekend,                                                             • Take care of the pool but please build a real aquatic facility in the area.
1-2 times per week, 2-3 times per week (walking)
                                                                                                                                      • No walking trail, tennis, better baseball stands and field
What kinds of sports and recreation activities would you like to do or see in
Martin Park?                                                                                                                          • Getting more of the children involved in swimming in the hood
I would like to see more family oriented space and activities such as picnic                                                          Would you like to have a new public space where I-26 and Meeting Street

                                                                                    PARKS AND PUBLIC SPACE
areas which includes play equipment nearby, a soccer area, etc.                                                                       connect? What kinds of activities should it hold?
The whole gamut!                                                                                                                      Yes (7)
A re-investment in the MLK pool, and an enhancement of the aquatic program.                                                           • Please, with current transition on the land bordered by Lee St., Grace St.,
A community recreation center next to Martin Park would be an ideal addition                                                          Nassau St. I would like to see a statue of Robert E. Lee.
to the area and compliment the bridge walkway/bike path, the pool and
baseball field.                                                                                                                        • It should be a public plaza with mixed use development (2)
A small lake- Columbia                                                                                                                • Create a welcome park…something that is visitor friendly.
Swimming                                                                                                        TELL US ABOUT...      • Groups that would compete with martin park in area of sports
Tennis, walking trail, better softball field with concession stands and pool                                                           Other comments or ideas about Parks and Public Space? (please feel free to
available in early mornings and evenings.                                                                                             write on the back of this sheet)
Baseball, track, gymnastics                                                                                                           Create a river walk since the area is prone to flooding. Dig a curving canal that
                                                                                                                                      works with the area’s environment and form a new business district.
Creativity-imagination, city phones, department of recreation responsibility
                                                                                                                                      Increase policing and safety measures.
Besides sports and recreation, what kinds of activities would you like to do or
see in Martin Park?                                                                                                                   Need “green” roof-top terraces. A street network that provides green space.
A vending area or some sort of café/coffee shop where beverages and food                                                              A shortage of green space will result in greater environment service expense.
can be purchased (4)

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The Eastside already has a mixture of housing, including single-family, duplexes,                                            high as you want. A roof would satisfy some, just so they could live downtown
apartments and townhouses; does this work?                                                                                   but we are one-minded when it comes to homes. we all want mansions.

Yes (4)                                                                                                                      • $150,000-$190,000

• Charleston has a living downtown, so a variety of people need a variety of                                                 • Not over $150,000. Be fair!
                                                                                                                             What monthly rent would you consider ‘affordable’ for renting a home in the
Yes, but doesn’t work for future                                                                                             Bridge area?

We must look at each individual area and make sure it works                                                                  The monthly rents that were suggested range from a minimum of $300 to a
                                                                                                                             maximum of $850. The following are a few more statistics:
For some, but the opportunities for ownership are economically restricted
                                                                                                                             Median: $575        Mean: $564       Mode: $500
No rhyme to the reasoning!!
                                                                                                                             • $400.00
Yes, the eastside has a mixture of housing. However, home ownership is what
we need more of on the Eastside.                                                                                             • $850 and up

                                                                                                                             • $500-$800
What types of housing would you like to see in the Bridge area (single-family?
apartments? townhouses? condominiums?)                                                                                       • $300-$500 (housing seems dictated by the turn over of college students)

Single family (3)                                                                                                            • $600.00

• I would like to see single-family housing because it promotes stability of a                                               Would you like to see elderly housing, or assisted-living residences in the
neighborhood and assists in keeping crime rates down.                                                                        neighborhood?

All                                                                                                                          Yes (8)

Mixture                                                                                                                      • It would be nice to have a resource center for families who are taking care

                                                                                                        TYPES OF HOUSING
                                                                                     TELL US ABOUT...
                                                                                                                             of the elderly.
Mixed use, which creates a mixture of incomes so that people are not isolated
in economic ghettos (rich, poor, middle class) and also less restrictive zoning so                                           • It should blend into neighborhood
that people can finance a building that is a home with rental property.
                                                                                                                             • For those who lost their homes to the bridge (esp). They should be rent free.
                                                                                                                             What would you say is the highest priority for new housing? (affordability?
The type that would include more than the proposed green space!!! Row                                                        diversity? variety of types/options? compatibility?)
housing suggests (possibly emulates) northeastern lifestyle instead of southern
charm (front porch with a swing).                                                                                            Diversity (2)

A variety of housing that’s affordable.                                                                                      Compatibility of scale
                                                                                     TYPES OF HOUSING
Housing affordability is a significant challenge; what price would you consider                                               Affordability (6)
‘affordable’ for buying a home in the Bridge area?
                                                                                                                             • Affordability-this lack of affordability is a direct result of a limited view of how
The prices that were suggested for affordable homes range from a minimum of                                                  people want to live that is being dictated by developers and renovators. Many
$40,000 to a maximum of $190,000. The following are a few more statistics:                                TELL US ABOUT...   of us have no desire to live high on the hog because our money and energy
                                                                                                                             goes into other more important endeavors.
Median: $115,000 with an outlier of $190,000. ($95,000 excluding outlier.)
Mean: $106,500 with an outlier of $190,000. ($97,222 excluding outlier.)                                                     • Affordability for those of us who only make minimum wages
Mode: $90,000 and $150,000
                                                                                                                             Other comments or ideas about Types of Housing? (please feel free to write on
• $90,000 to $110,000 for low income families who make less than we do.                                                      the back of this sheet)

• $75,000-$100,000 range                                                                                                     Let’s blend green roofs into housing

• Use of non-profits would enable prices to begin at $70,000-$90,000                                                          Consider a courtyard design to effectively maximize green space and southern
• There should be a wide range of housing opportunity from $40,000 to as
                                                                                                                             Be fair…affordable housing for all working people/citizens.

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Would you like to see places for non-profit community service organizations in                                                 Where would an appropriate location be for any new community service
the Bridge area?                                                                                                              organizations?

No, unless it applies to recreation                                                                                           Within walking distance of the surrounding neighborhoods and with appropriate
                                                                                                                              surroundings so that those who can provide resources will want to come into
Yes (5)                                                                                                                       the area.

• The ability of Mt. Carmel UMC to expand to be able to provide more non-                                                     Near the I-26/Meeting street area (2)
profit community service
                                                                                                                              Near the park, to keep things in a control locator
If so, what kinds of organizations are important to you (social service?
education? small business support? civic clubs?)                                                                              Center of community

Education (2)                                                                                                                 Other comments or ideas about Community Services? (please feel free to write
                                                                                                                              on the back of this sheet)
Civic clubs (2)
                                                                                                                              As a homeowner, church member and business owner in this impacted area
Small business support (2)                                                                                                    of the eastside, I hope to see in my life time a re-knitted area, with state of the
                                                                                                                              art schools, well equipped parks, affordable housing to bring back families that
Social service                                                                                                                are wanting to put down root and stake in our neighborhood. Trees planted
                                                                                                                              with year trimming and street cleaning, drainage, lighting, etc. I have seen the
Restaurants, shops, cafes                                                                                                     worst in my neighborhood. Now I am ready for the best!!

Community/recreation center                                                                                                   We’d like to see some of the space used for affordable housing for young
                                                                                                                              professionals. We feel most projects in downtown Charleston focus only on the
All are important because they all support the improvement of a community                                                     very wealthy and poor citizens of Charleston. This would be a great opportunity
                                                                                                                              to cater to the majority of the Charleston population.
Places which would allow low income people with business ideas to partner

                                                                                                         COMMUNITY SERVICES
                                                                                    TELL US ABOUT...
with people with resources to develop businesses                                                                              Incorporate trade schools, career schools, music and arts in schools, social
                                                                                                                              services with real accountability, training facility.
Would you be interested in bringing more arts facilities to the area?

Yes (6)

• Studio space and workshops with equipment for creating art

• A community center that would offer a variety of classes in art fun all ages
(youth thru senior citizens)

• There are several local artists on the eastside

Besides existing schools, would you like to see more educational organizations      COMMUNITY SERVICES
in the Bridge area?

Yes (3)

Are the current facilities of exisitng neighborhood organizations adequate?
What improvements would you like to see?
                                                                                                           TELL US ABOUT...
No (5)

• Form a greater variety of uses for structures in order to rectify this problem.

• Our existing is not in use, it can’t be used. Build additional.

• More commercial (1st floor) with urban living condos

• More community involvement

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                                      The public was encouraged to show us how they perceive the area housing being
                                      placed on-site. We provided them with different sized units which could be freely placed
                                      throughout the model.

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