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Changes coming for Oakbrook area

  • Friday, February 7, 2014

Town Councilman Bob Jackson spoke about the Oakbrook area revitalization efforts at the Greater Summerville/Dorchester County Chamber of Commerce Power Hour on Wednesday.

Town Councilman Bob Jackson spoke about the revitalization efforts planned for the Oakbrook area of Summerville Wednesday morning at the Greater Summerville/Dorchester County Chamber of Commerce Power Hour at Fort Dorchester High School.

He explained the plan to revitalize the area includes a combination of improving Oakbrook, organizing the improvements so they can be maintained over time and inviting others to enjoy Oakbrook once completed.

Councilman Jackson represents District 6, which includes Oakbrook.

Protecting the riverfront, creating a museum, encouraging clusters of restaurants to locate in the district and updating roads were all mentioned as improvement goals for the area.

The Town Vision Plan charrette, or design workshop, will take place later this month and Councilman Jackson encouraged those in attendance to participate.

“I can’t tell you how important it is you for you get involved, otherwise you’ll get what you don’t want,” he said.

“I’ve looked at this plan for six years now and I know what I want, but I don’t want to say that yet because we want to find out what you all want.”

He said many of the Oakbrook revitalization efforts will be facilitated through the Vision Plan.

The councilman has also been involved in creating the Oakbrook Civic Association.

“I hope it will become our own version of [Summerville] DREAM,” he said.

In regard to promoting the Oakbrook area, Councilman Jackson also announced the first annual Oakbrook Ashley Riverfest, which will take place May 3 at Jessen Boat Landing and Colonial Dorchester State Park.

The event will be a “celebration of community, history and conservation” and will bring attention to the natural and historical resources within Oakbrook.

Conservation groups will be in attendance to teach the public about the Ashley River, professional reenactors will highlight historical military life, and local plantations will provide information on what it was like to live in the area during the plantation and slavery era.

“We’re making Oakbrook a place people want to come to.”

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