The most important feature of a new park in Mount Pleasant is a fountain or reflecting pool, according to residents who showed up at a community meeting Tuesday night to voice their opinions.

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The park would be located on Houston Northcutt Boulevard by a new Town Hall. The plans were unveiled Tuesday.

Most of the discussion was about the park. About three dozen people called out several dozen suggestions and then indicated their favorites with colored dots.

A fountain or reflecting pool was the most popular choice for the park, followed by trees and shade, sculpture, restrooms and picnic tables.

Architect Sam Herin with Stubbs, Muldrow and Herin gave a brief overview of the new building.

The most visible feature from Houston Northcutt Boulevard is a round room with tall windows. That's where council will meet and municipal court will be held. The windows lit up at night during council meetings will be a visible reminder of transparent government, Herin said.

He also pointed out that the exterior was inspired by brick made at Boone Hall Plantation.

"We wanted a building that was rooted in our history but forward thinking," he said.

Bill Eubanks, creative director for Seamon and Whitesides landscape architects, devoted the rest of the meeting to taking suggestions on the park. The park will cover a 1.8-acre triangle at Houston Northcutt Boulevard and Ann Edwards Lane. It's about the size of Washington Square park at Meeting and Broad streets in Charleston or the water area of Hampton Park near The Citadel.

"It's going to give Town Hall a street presence it's never had," Eubanks said.

The project is expected to be finished in about two years.

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