Councilman’s Corner

  • Tuesday, June 10, 2014

Oakbrook is beginning to get some much needed attention. There are several plans forming for the future; for now I would like to share some things that have already occurred.

The Oakbrook Area of Summerville has begun its renaissance. The Oakbrook Civic Association along with Colonial Dorchester kicked off one of the first events in the area with the “Oakbrook Ashley Riverfest.” The riverfest was great, educational fun. Many attendees talked of the success of the event showcasing history, conservation and the need to protect the Ashley River. A video of the event can be found on Facebook or the Oakbrook Civic Association web page.

The Summerville Vision Plan will be presented to the public, tonight, Wednesday, June 11, at 7:30 p.m. at Town Hall. Oakbrook is one of the primary focus areas of the vision.

It will take a lot of hard work and planning to reverse the deterioration. You! the public need to become actively involved to help create the community we can all be proud of and enjoy.

One of the first results of the master plan is the planned concrete medians on Dorchester Road as you enter Oakbrook from the west. It will be the gateway to Oakbrook we have been able to negotiate with SCDOT to change the concrete to planted medians. Multiple developers are looking toward developing the area. Working with the town to create what citizens expressed what they wanted during the planning Charrette. Come help us make sure that happens.

The formal ribbon cutting of the Oakbrook nature exercise trail will be June 19, at 11 a.m. on Springview Road across the street from Summerville Medical Center.

The nature trail is a great place to exercise or relax in the shade of the trees along with singing birds. New technology (QR Code) scan signs line the trail with information. Guided weekend nature walks and other events are being planned for the future. Off road parking is provided across the street from the entrance to the park.

You will notice that every effort was made to save the trees and leave the area natural. There is even a family of deer living on the property. Street lights have recently been added for safety along Springview Road.

Midland Parkway paving contract has been signed and SCDOT states it is scheduled to begin in the next 60 days, finally!

Jessen boat landing boardwalk has had repairs and improvements for better wheel chair access.

The Oakbrook Civic Association is looking for new members that want to become more involved and better informed about the issues, while promoting local businesses in the Oakbrook area. You can find out more through sign up on their website. You do not have to be a resident of the Town to be a member. The only requirement is caring about improvements in the area.

Bob Jackson, Summerville Town Council District 6, BJackson@Summervillesc.gov

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