City of Charleston Holds Online Public Meeting for Ashley River Crossing Project

Charleston, S.C.—The city of Charleston is seeking public comment on the Ashley River Crossing project, a bicycle and pedestrian bridge that will connect West Ashley and downtown Charleston.

Why it matters: With nearly half of all city of Charleston residents residing in West Ashley, a safe connection to the Peninsula is needed for both bicyclists and pedestrians.

By connecting these areas, the Ashley River Crossing project seeks to increase access to jobs, schools and other critical amenities for residents and visitors alike.

About the project: The Ashley River Crossing is a separated bike path and stand-alone bridge that will originate at the end of the West Ashley Greenway and cross the Ashley River, connecting bicyclist and pedestrians to downtown Charleston. The new bridge will also provide a safe connection between the West Ashley Greenway, Brittlebank Park and the Ashley River Walk.

In addition to construction of the bridge, this project includes improvements at key intersections along the West Ashley Greenway, and at the Bee Street and Lockwood Drive intersection on the Peninsula. The project will also make improvements to the West Ashley Greenway crosswalk at Wappoo Road.

To view these improvements in further detail, please view the map at

How to participate: Citizens can submit feedback through May 3, 2021 by visiting the online public meeting, which can be accessed at the project website,

Designs for the project are currently being developed. Feedback received during the online public comment period will help inform the project team of design elements to consider.

MEDIA CONTACT:                      
Jack O’Toole, Director of Communications

Media Relations/Public Information

(843) 518-3228

Did you know?

» A free way to improve home values is to simply store your trash / recycle bins out of sight from the street. It instantly increases curb appeal!

» Bagged pet waste can’t be included with yard waste. Please refrain from tossing pet waste into yard bags as you walk your pet. The yard waste collection crews will not collect bagged pet waste if they see it and it gets tossed to the ground. Please take it home to your garbage can or toss it at one of the public trash bins at the park.

Litter Cleanup – Volunteers Welcome!

Please mark your calendar and help cleanup Northbridge walkway (recreation path between Tumbleston and Northbridge Park along Sam Rittenberg Blvd) on Saturday, March 13th 9 am-12 noon! The rain date is March 20th. Keep Charleston Beautiful will provide trash bags, grabbers and vests.

Trash Pickup On One Day Delay for MLK Jr Holiday

The City of Charleston will be closed on Monday, January 18th  for Martin Luther King Jr. Day.  In order to provide service to all residents in a timely manner, garbage and trash collection will take place on the modified schedule outlined below.

For Daniel Island and Cainhoy (Capitol Waste) there will be no schedule changes.
For outer West Ashley and Johns Island (Carolina Waste) there will be no schedule changes.
The Peninsula, Inner West Ashley and James Island (City Crews) will run on a one day delay.  For example, if your garbage is normally picked up on Monday the week of the 18th  it will be picked up on Tuesday.

West Ashley Revitalization Commission Meeting

Wednesday, January 13th 
5:30 p.m. 
Zoom MeetingThe regular meeting of the West Ashley Revitalization Commission will be held at 5:30 p.m, January 13, 2021 via Zoom webinar. Use the following Zoom Link for web access. To attend over the phone, dial 1 (929) 205 6099. When prompted, enter Webinar ID: 847 2519 7415 followed by Password: 079486. The meeting will be recorded.
Link to Agenda

Core Agenda Items: Better Northbridge Coalition UpdateCharleston Moves will provide an update on the North Bridge Bicycle and Pedestrian Access study, including information on the upcoming virtual public hearing.   
West Ashley EIDL and PPP LoansCity of Charleston Business and Neighborhood Services will provide an presentation on the data received from the Small Business Administration on the Economic Injury Disaster Loans (EIDL) and the Paycheck Protection Program in regards to West Ashley businesses.  Avondale Business District Formula Overlay Introduction and DiscussionLowcountry Local First has proposed a formula business district overlay for the Avondale Business District to be discussed at WARC. Formula business districts are regulatory overlays that are designed to promote independent businesses and exclude certain national chain uses, some local examples are the City of Folly Beach and Town of Sullivan’s.  It is also a regulatory tool that has been used by cities nationwide.  
 Public Comment PeriodWith the meeting being held virtually, the Public must provide comments by 12:00 p.m., the day of the meeting in one of the following forms:Sign-up to speak or leave comments for West Ashley Revitalization Commission by completing the form at: to speak or leave a comment via voice mail at 843-509-8252. If requesting to speak, please provide your name and telephone number.Email comment to More information about the West Ashley Revitalization Commission
can be found at  

Information about Plan West Ashley can be found here.The Ashley Bridge District is the recipient of the inaugural South Carolina Great Places award given by the South Carolina chapter of the American Planning Association. Tune into Tuesday January 12, 2021 City Council meeting to hear more! 

To learn more about SCAPA Great Places:

City of Charleston 2020 Holiday Events Update

Charleston, S.C.–This holiday season,the city of Charleston will hold the following holiday events. NOTE: Due to the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic, this year’s Holiday Parade and Holiday Boat Parade have been cancelled.

From December 5, 2020 through December 20, the Charleston Holiday Market in Marion Square will be held Saturdays and Sundays, from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. COVID protocols will be in place at the markets including additional spacing between vendors, hand washing/sanitizing stations and the requirement that all vendors and patrons wear masks and maintain social distancing throughout the events. The markets will feature 36 vendors on Saturdays and 24 vendors on Sundays including farm products, packaged food vendors, artisans and crafters.

On Sunday, December 6, a virtual Tree Lighting Ceremony will be held on the City of Charleston Facebook Page,

On Sunday, December 13, Chanukah in the Square, which is normally held in Marion Square, will take place in a drive-in format at The Bend on Azalea Drive in North Charleston.

On Friday, December 18 at 6 p.m. there will be a virtual holiday greeting from the City of Charleston and Mayor John Tecklenburg via the City of Charleston Facebook Page.

From now until January 1, 2021, the city is providing 2 hours of free parking downtown with this year’s Holiday Magic in Historic Charleston parking voucher. The voucher can be downloaded here:

More details will be provided closer to the date of each event, as appropriate.

MEDIA CONTACT:                      Jack O’Toole, Director of Communications

Media Relations/Public Information

(843) 518-3228