Major Investments For Mount Pleasant and Awendaw

Charleston County is finally taking action to help Mount Pleasant address its overcrowded schools and to build a new high school sports stadium.  Recently cited as the fastest growing municipality east of the Mississippi and the 10th fastest growing in the nation, the Town of Mount Pleasant has been in dire need of support from Charleston County Schools to handle the massive growth of the student population here.  This is especially needed to remedy overcrowding at it’s only high school, Wando, which has been operating way past it’s original intended capacity for years now with a current student population over 4,000. The present situation was exacerbated when Charleston County decided to close Lincoln High in McClellanville just before the start of the 2016 school year forcing Wando to absorb hundreds of more students.

The county has been moving forward with construction of Lucy Beckham High School and has just announced the purchase of 184 acres of land off Doar Road for a new school in the Town of Awendaw.  CCSD is finalizing the new purchases with funds derived from the sale of school property once occupied by the old Laing Middle School  on Six Mile Road.

From the Moultrie News:

Kate Darby, CCSD board chair said, “CCSD and the board is really excited about these opportunities that we have in Mount Pleasant and Awendaw. The purchase of 184 acres on Doar Road for the future middle and high school will really meet the needs of that area and selling the former Laing site is a win-win for everybody. The Carolina Park purchase for the East Cooper stadium again is a win-win for the district but also the community. It will be a real asset to the area.”  

After closing Lincoln High School and merging that student population with Wando High School the board made a commitment to construct a middle and high school that students in that community could more easily access. Lincoln High School was shuttered because it was not financially feasible or responsible to continue to operate it.  “The board made the decision to close Lincoln and move those students to Wando, but as a part of that we did agree to find property in Awendaw for District I students. District I and II constituent boards have started discussions on how to work together,” said Darby.

From a capacity standpoint, Darby thinks the middle school will be constructed first. “The Awendaw land purchase contract postures the district’s health for the future as we plan out for growth in the East Cooper area,” said Borowy. “This is a new opportunity to create a new educational environment for the future in that area. The new schools will be located halfway between Wando and the old Lincoln and support the needs of both communities.”

Lucy Beckham High School

Capacity: 1500 students | Cost: $6.4 Million | Expected to Open August 2020

Last year, Charleston County announced that it would build a new high school on the site of the old original Wando High at the intersection of Mathis Ferry and Whipple Road.  The school will be designed for 1500 students and is estimated to cost $6.4 million.  Demolition of the old buildings on the campus have recently been completed, and now the construction of the new school can begin.  Located adjacent to the property is the original Wando High football stadium.

Awendaw High School & Middle School

184 acre site on Doar Road, next to Town Hall

With the closure of Lincoln High School and long-distance bussing of Awendaw & McClellanville students to Wando, the news of a third high school for the area was a welcome piece of news for everyone. While the purchase of the land is still being finalized, it appears that the school is slated to be built some time in the next few years on a 184 acre tract off Doar Road, just across from Awendaw’s Town Hall.  With so much growth moving north of Mount Pleasant along highway 17, it was ideal for the County to have sold some of it’s Mount Pleasant real estate in the midst of such a strong real estate market in order to pay for the new school.

New Stadium at Carolina Park

Capacity: 6,000 | Cost:  $14 million dollars | Expected to Open in Fall of 2018

carolina park master plan stadiumAn additional news item from Charleston County Schools concerns the proposed construction of a $14 million dollar, 6,000 seat stadium that will be used by Wando, Lucy Beckham, and Awendaw High Schools.for football, lacrosse, and soccer.  This is actually significant news for Mount Pleasant as residents and their families will enjoy a major new amenity for the community.

Carolina Park is under contract with the Charleston County School District to sell approximately 14 acres of the large 70 acre commercial parcel along Park Avenue Boulevard. CCSD will be designing and building the stadium.

The proposed location is on the southwest corner of Park Avenue Boulevard and Carolina Park Boulevard, across from the coming library.  The location was chosen to take advantage of the existing parking fields at Wando High School with the benefit of direct access for Carolina Park Residents from the pedestrian/bike trail on Carolina Park Boulevard. The stadium plan utilizes the existing Wando High School for the majority of its parking with about 150 parking spaces on the stadium site.

One of the important benefits of the new stadium is the incorporation of retail space in the plan.  The proposed concept provides space for 20,000 – 30,000 square feet of commercial space, which could encompass 10-15 small shops, restaurants, or other services.  The large commercial parcel on Park Avenue Boulevard is 70 acres in total.  If Costco purchases 20 acres and CCSD purchases 14 acres, there is still over 30 acres left to be developed for retail or other commercial uses.

The intent is for the stadium to energize our area and improve the chances of attracting and maintaining small businesses.  In addition, having the stadium will enhance the high school experience for students and offers an entertainment option for residents in a similar fashion as Volvo or Blackbaud Stadium does for residents of Daniel Island.

The architectural firm, McMillan, Pazdan, Smith, has been retained by CCSD to design the stadium. They specialize in stadiums, and CCSD has visited several high school stadiums with the design team to compile their favorite design aspects. The layout and design are still underway and details will be provided  by CCSD and Carolina Park at a public meeting which will be held in late February or March.  Representatives of both CCSD and Carolina Park will be available to answer any questions.

 

 

 


 

 

 

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New High Schools and Stadium for Mount Pleasant and Awendaw
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