Tuesday, April 22, 2014
Mount Pleasant town officials are gearing up for the planning stages of the new town hall which will include a park facility at the Houston Northcutt location. A public meeting was held earlier this month to gauge residents in what they might want to see there. In addition, suggestions have been encouraged on the town’s engagement website.
The design team is currently designing the new town hall on the grounds of the existing municipal site on Houston Northcutt.
Residents have expressed a strong desire for a new park on campus and Mayor Linda Page and Mount Pleasant Town Council are seeking public input to help design the park.
Feedback has been positive. One resident suggested any new or renovated town hall should be more visible.
“Make it a centerpiece of Mount Pleasant and a very visible and accessible piece, he said.
Another loves the fact that the existing town hall is nestled back in a beautifully shaded and secluded area that opens up to other services and includes recreation access.
Kevin Parent asked that there be no gravel, mulch or stairs - bringing the specs up to ADA code so wheelchair users can use it. He said he would like to see wide pathways and materials similar to Waterfront Park. He also asked that there be no visual obstructions such as railings, and accessible bench seating.
William J. Hamilton also asked for high quality safe sidewalk access from and to the nearby Houston Northcutt Blvd. He wants top see sidewalk and bus stop improvement on the West Side, which currently has two uncovered concrete benches. “We have a great bus stop on the East Side of the road near Whole Foods. Fixing the lack of a safe pedestrian link between Whole Foods and the sidewalk would be worthwhile,” he posted to the town’s engagement website. “The roots on top of the ground there make walking hazardous for the disabled. The complex also needs an area where a bus or handicapped transport van can be safely parked, loaded and unloaded with adjacent sidewalk access.”
Another poster envisioned a beautifully landscaped pond much like the pond at Hampton Park which has a bridge type walkway over it and a replica of the Ravenel Bridge cables emulating the bridge itself, making for a very unique design for Mount Pleasant’s new Town Hall area.
Several locations for a new Town Hall were reviewed by a Town Hall Committee, and the current location, which is just over 10.58 acres, was ultimately selected by Town Council. While this site is not located in the center of town, the selection of this site represents a significant savings in the project’s budget.
The total cost is expected to be around $22 Million.
If you missed the meeting, visit www.engagetompsc.com and share your ideas. For more information, contact the Communications Office at 843-884-8517.