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5 hours ago, vicupstate said:

Editorial: Move forward on Low-line

It looks like this project is getting off the ground now. 

Plans are for the city to buy 13.54 acres for $4.85 million. 

Like the High Line in Manhattan. Nice!!! I wonder will it generate the same kind of boom for beautiful old Charleston  ???  

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I saw a documentary on the High Line just last night by coincidence. Looks amazing. And to think it was almost torn down.  

I think the Lowline will be a big asset to the Midtown area but especially if it is extended south to Marion Square and also North to the Magnolia project area (or possibliy even beyond that).   

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Council approves Lowline funding and Ashley River Bike Lane

Excellent progress on two very important ped/bike  projects.


Council supported a plan to split the cost of the $5.1 million Low Line project with the Friends of the Lowcountry Low Line, the nonprofit that's been working for the past year to create the linear park on a former rail line on the upper peninsula.

With the support, city lawyers can begin closing the deal with Norfolk Southern Corp., which currently owns the rail corridor from Woolfe Street to Courtland Avenue. 

The city also plans to buy two additional properties from the company for a total of $2.28 million: a 0.71-acre tract near F Street that could be used to build new affordable housing, and a 1.85-acre tract near Mount Pleasant, Meeting and King streets that could be a hub for a new Bus Rapid Transit line.

That puts the city's total cost at $4.84 million, much cheaper than the $17 million sum the nonprofit estimated earlier this year. Norfolk decided to sell off some of its larger, more expensive parcels that were included in the original plan.

Council also agreed to contribute $1.5 million to build a bike and pedestrian bridge over the Ashley River near the T. Allen Legare Bridge. The city is applying for a federal transportation grant to cover the majority of the $18 million project. 

Charleston County Council also pledged on Tuesday to spend up to $3 million in matching funds, but that share would only be spent on construction costs.

The bicycle advocacy group Charleston Moves will attempt to raise $1.5 million from private donors to help with the effort.

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