Charleston reconsiders its development options
GIVE Charleston credit. The city doesn't just drift; city leaders think ahead - to solve problems, anticipate needs, and improve the community for everyone who uses it.
As part of its effort to come up with a new comprehensive plan and a new downtown revitalization plan, the city proposes, among other things:
Instead, the city proposes to use the available funding for a bike path that would run from Patrick Street to Magic Island.
That effort would involve creation of about 100 new housing units on upper floors, commercial space on ground floors, and construction of a parking garage.
Obviously, there are a lot of things for a lot of people to think about.
But the one that sticks out to most people is probably the effort to redirect money away from the trestle project and into a bike path that would be a significant amenity for the West Side.
The farsighted trestle project is not achievable in the short term. The city doesn't have the money for it.
There is a $1.7 million congressional earmark, $760,000 secured by Rep. Shelley Moore Capito, and about $400,000 in city funds. That won't advance a $20 million trestle project very much.
The bike path, on the other hand, is very feasible.
Here's hoping it works out.