Low Battery Public Input Results
The survey revealed a great deal of information. A majority of survey respondents live or work downtown, with approximately 20% living AND working downtown. This indicates an even cross section of nearby residents, other Charleston residents and out-of-town visitors.
People overwhelmingly support the idea of making additional improvements beyond simply raising the seawall. This supports the idea that it makes little sense to make seawall improvements and leave Murray Boulevard exactly as it is.
People access the Low Battery almost equally by automobile and by walking/running. When bicycle and boating are added, this indicates a more substantial portion of people arriving by non-automobile modes of transportation. The radar chart below shows that people are most concerned about tidal flooding and storm surges, seeing the water, and the quality of public space. They are less concerned about the parking of automobiles.
And the winner is...
Survey respondents were asked to vote on four design alternatives, or strategies, for Murray Boulevard and the Low Battery. These choices were based on segments, where the Residential Edge is from King Street the to the US Coast Guard Station and the Garden Edge is along White Point Gardens only.
The preferred strategy for the Residential Edge is #2, where the parking along the waterfront is removed and the walkway is raised, enabling the construction of a wall that is composed of railings and columns.
The preferred strategy for the Garden Edge is #4, the "Full Park." City Staff is conducting more analysis on this option to ensure it will not negatively affect traffic volumes, movement and on-street parking along South Battery and King Street. Strategy #1 ranked second, as many respondents placed high value on preserving the parking around White Point Gardens. Options #2, #3, and #4 together equal approximately 73%, showing an overwhelming desire to use waterfront open space for more than the storage of automobiles.
But I said....
There were just over 600 individual comments provided by survey respondents. City Staff have read each of them, and they will ALL be provided to the Mayor and other decision makers for consideration. Here is a "snapshot" of the comments received.