In September 2021, City Council approved the recommendations from the Community Development Committee to move forward with a TIF Bond from the Cooper River Bridge Redevelopment Area. The $12.9 million bond will go to projects like improvements to Martin Park, Street sidewalks, investing in land acquisition for affordable housing, and creating a walkway, bikeway and stormwater improvements from Huger St. to Mt. Pleasant Street to start the Lowline project. The Lowline project will be allocated roughly $3M dollars, $2.24 Pathways/Bikeways, $750K stormwater improvements.
See full City of Charleston Community Development Committee meeting: HERE
Today, the Lowline is a vision. A vision to reclaim 1.7 miles of abandoned railway track and neglected highway corridor along the backbone of the Charleston Peninsula. A vision to transform this forgotten stretch of urban space into a centralized regional green infrastructure.
The Friends of the Lowcountry Lowline are working alongside the City of Charleston to create a green space that highlights the surrounding neighborhoods, addresses city-wide flooding, and gives pedestrians and bicyclists a safe, dedicated path.
We have completed the Conceptual Master Plan and now we will move forward securing funding, design, community input, and construction. We see this as a space that connects communities together, promotes health and wellness to all Charleston citizens and promotes green infrastructure in our growing city.
Join us to demand a better space for all Charleston neighbors.
Mt. Pleasant Street to Romney Street
This district embraces the neighborhoods surrounding it. Expanding under I-26, this space can become a space for many different types of active and passive recreation.
Romney Street to Spring Street
This district has the opportunity for the widest areas of green space and to manage stormwater for the peninsula. These spaces can be gathering spaces for Charleston.
Spring Street to Calhoun Street
This district will resemble a classic Charleston alley way. With heavy foot traffic from King and Meeting Street, this will be a narrow path with lots of activity from tourism.