The Lowcountry Low Line is now safely under the ownership of the City of Charleston. The plan is to repurpose 1.6 miles of unused railroad that stretches down the Charleston Peninsula’s spine from Courtland Avenue to Woolfe Street. The land is to be converted into a linear public corridor that serves as a great civic space that provides a safe avenue for biking and walking, as well as a host of other benefits, which you can find out more about here.
Friends of the Lowcountry Low Line
With the City of Charleston, The Friends of the Lowcountry Low Line, a non-profit organization, have purchased the property from Norfolk Southern. (CLICK HERE TO READ THE POST AND COURIER NEWS STORY.) As of April 1, the Friends organization and the City are working on an operating agreement that will assign responsibilities for planning and operation. Agreement on this will provide a green light to begin working with the communities touched by the Low Line. With their input and support we will raise funds and work with the City design and build the Low Line. The Friends of the Lowcountry Low Line is also working with philanthropic organizations locally and nationally.
As of December 27, 2017, The Friends of the Lowcountry Low Line exercised its option, with the City of Charleston, to buy the right of way from Norfolk Southern.
Though a major achievement, this still leaves open questions of liability and design.