, Fort Hill councilwoman and vice president of community development for the Charleston Area Alliance
, called the plot of grass at the Montrose entrance ramp the perfect site for Charlestons welcome sign.
I have been shocked at the overwhelming positive response that we have seen from it.
People love it.
And a lot of them are like, Well its about time, Salisbury
While several of the citys government and citizen committees have discussed the need to highlight Charlestons gateways, this task force made up of members of the Wayfinding Commission
, the Alliance, City Hall and the state Division of Highways
has been meeting to make that plan a reality for a long time.
was driven to action even more when HGTV called her
about a show they planned to film in Charleston.
The channel wanted to open the segment with a shot of the citys welcome sign.
I had to say, Im sorry, we dont have one.
That was kind of the thing that really motivated us, Salisbury
The Federal Highway Administration
had been leasing that property from the state, and it was secured for the project after a meeting between all interested parties, Salisbury
This particular sign cost between $60,000 and $65,000, Salisbury
It was funded by a handful of community participation grants from the state legislature, the Alliance and the Wayfinding Commission
The sign was installed over the course of three weeks in June, Salisbury
Theres no projected timeline for that yet, but funding has been secured from the Greater Kanawha Valley Foundation