The Sumar Street redevelopment, Northbridge - Charles Towne gateway, site is a 2.5 acre parcel of land located at a central entrance point of West Ashley. The site was once home to a 33,756 sq. ft Piggly Wiggly supermarket. After a 5-year period of vacancy, the city purchased the property on August 8th, 2017 for the price of $3.029 million. The Piggly Wiggly structure was demolished in May 2018, leaving the property in a present state: a lot ripe for redevelopment and revitalization. Since the City’s acquisition of the property, City and County officials have collaborated with community members and civil engineers to envision different possibilities for the space.
In the year 2000 the Old Charles Towne District Taskforce and the City of Charleston held a charrette to create a master plan for the area around the Sumar Street Site. At the time Piggly Wiggly was a functioning grocery store and implementation focused on the Ashley Landing Plaza site.
Elements that remained consistent from 2000 Charrette to the 2018 Sumar Street Charrette
• Desire for more neighborhood oriented businesses
• Landscape medians on Sam Rittenburg
• A landscaped traffic circle at Sam Rittenburg Boulevard and Old Towne Road
• Create an “urban boulevard” along Sam Rittenburg from Orange Grove Road to Dickens Street
• Make area (Ashley Landing) a biking destination and provide for safe pedestrian crossings
• Focus on creating a main street aesthetic in the Old Charles Towne District
Audience observing a presentation about the Sumar Street Site at the July 2019 WARC meeting.
The Commission (WARC) has been involved in the process of community redevelopment for the site for several years. During the Plan West Ashley planning stages WARC members gave input on a Dover Kohl idea for the site, which continued past the approval of Plan West Ashley. City staff has also provided updates on both program and conceptual designs to WARC at various points in the last year.
Public attended a meeting regarding the Request for Qualifications sponsored by the OCTNT.
The OCTNT held a public information meeting in October 2019 to provide greater transparency to the process of the Public Private Partnership the City is hoping to create to redevelop the Sumar Street Site.
Improving the level of service and safety for the travelling public,
Supporting the use of mass transit,
Supplying access to existing and future businesses, and
Creating walkable, bike-able and connected communities.
The Old Towne District includes residential neighborhoods, retail shops, restaurants, and grocery stores. Despite being in close proximity to each other, it is currently difficult to walk or bike between the neighborhoods and these businesses. This transportation improvement project will include the installation of sidewalks, multi-use paths, and signalized crosswalks throughout the area to provide safe and convenient travel for pedestrians and cyclists.
The project also looks to improve mobility for vehicles traveling within this district. Improvements to the following intersections will aid in the flow and safety of traffic:
Orange Grove Road at Sam Rittenberg Boulevard
Old Towne Road at Charlestowne Drive/Donahue Drive