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Daily Archive for September 20 2010

Get a Taste of Downtown Living Thursday

One of Generation Charleston’s most popular events, the Loft Walk, returns Sept. 23 to shine a spotlight on downtown living.

The event will start at 400 Bibby St. The properties there are part of the tour, which also will include 816 Kanawha Blvd. and the Lowenstein Building at 225 Capitol St. Loft Walk runs from 5:30 7:30 p.m.

Trolleys will transport guests to the various locations, although participants also are welcome to walk, as well.

“We have plenty of data suggesting interest in downtown living, whether it is in condos, lofts or apartments,” said Charleston Area Alliance President and CEO Matt Ballard. “The next step is making downtown housing a realistic option for those who desire to live and build their careers in Charleston.”

Last year, the Alliance, Generation Charleston – the Alliance’s emerging leaders group – and the City of Charleston developed a survey that showed more than 90 percent of respondents are interested in downtown living. In 2008 and 2009, Loft Walk attracted more than 100 people.

The fourth annual Loft Walk will help guests get a “taste of downtown living,” said Clifton Clark, co-captain of Generation Charleston’s Economic Development Team.

“It’s a free tour of private residences,” Clark said. “We want guests to learn about the adaptive reuse of historic downtown buildings, discover the charm of loft living and embrace the opportunity to be a part of Charleston’s future.”

The free tour will include private residences, some fully developed and some still in the construction phase.

“Each year, we see the possibilities during Loft Walk,” Ballard said. “Now, property owners are making it happen. Downtown living options are expanding, and that means downtown businesses will be able to stay open longer. Events such as ArtWalk and FestivALL have demonstrated the increasing vibrancy of downtown, and more and more people are embracing the idea of living downtown.”

A reception at 400 Bibby St. will follow the tour.

Bibby Street is near the Charleston Town Center, off Washington Street. Parking is available around the mall and in the mall’s parking garage.

Those interested in attending can RSVP to DForinash@CharlestonAreaAlliance.org. Loft Walk is a rain or shine event.