Cosgrove Avenue and the North Bridge are one of the gateways to Charleston — the one to the beaches to the south, the plantations and the birthplace of Charles Towne. It would be a fitting investment for our city to retrofit the former Piggly Wiggly site for a dual purposes.

One is a welcome center with meeting rooms and a small auditorium for citizens to rent for meetings and programs. Landscaping could complete the picture with outdoor art and a dog-walking area.

The city could also offer North Charleston an opportunity to showcase areas within 10-15 minutes, Riverfront Park with its war memorial, the Hunley, Park Circle and Old Town. Perhaps North Charleston would share a part of the cost.

We are one city, as Mayor John Tecklenburg has stated, and each part adds to the total. It is time for our part of West Ashley to be included.

Jan H. O’Loughlin

President

Heathwood OldeTowne Neighborhood Association

Marvin Avenue

Charleston