Background:

  • The West Ashley Senior Services Coordinating Committee was created by citizens meeting since the summer of 2009 at “Coffee with Colleen and Aubry”, a weekly coffee get-together at Sojourn Coffee with County Councilmember Colleen Condon and City Councilmember Aubry Alexander.  In addition to the citizens on the committee and County Councilmember Vic Rawl, there are representatives from the Jewish Community Center, St. Andrews Parks and Playground, Roper St. Francis Healthcare, and City and County staff. The anticipation for the center is as a gathering place where activities are offered such as bridge, book clubs, lectures, fitness, and other programs.
     
  • In May 2010, the West Ashley Senior Service Coordinating Committee held two forums to hear what seniors and emerging seniors want in the way of programs, services and facilities West of the Ashley.
     
    • Monday, May 10, 2010 from 4 p.m. to 7 p.m. at Bees Landing, 1580 Ashley Gardens Boulevard.
    • Monday, May 17, 2010 from 4 p.m. to 7 p.m. at the Jewish Community Center, Ashley River Road and Ashley Hall Road at 1645 Wallenberg Boulevard.
       
  • Attendees at the May 2010 forums had a chance to learn more about Charleston’s existing senior centers, fill out a survey as to their preferences for the proposed West Ashley senior center and learn about the vision of the committee.
     
  • The committee has identified a wealth of senior resources already in the area, but under 10 or more roofs. They include AARP, the Center for Creative Retirement, St. Andrews Parks and Playground and the City of Charleston’s recreation facilities. Seven housing facilities that focus on senior residences are already located in West Ashley. As of the 2000 census, there were 17,000 residents who were age 50 and up. Those 17,000 residents represented 28% of the West Ashley population area in 2000.
     
  • More than 500 responses were received from the May 2010 survey, indicating strong support for a multi-faceted center in the West Ashley area.