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It’s time to take back Slack Plaza

SlackPlazaThe Charleston Area Alliance has been working closely with the City of Charleston on the revitalization of Slack Plaza.

“Slack Plaza is one key to the revitalization of the core of the downtown of our Capitol City,” said Alliance President and CEO Matthew Ballard. “Our staff and specifically Susie Salisbury, our vice president of community development, and the Alliance’s Community Development Committee, have been working for years to garner the funds to help move this project forward.”

“As the consultants told us during the Imagine Charleston planning, Slack Plaza is in many ways our city square. Clearly, we all have to rally and do something.”

The Alliance staff worked closely with the city manager and planning department to write the “Greening America’s Cities” grant which was successfully applied and received from the Federal Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) in 2010.

The grant allowed the Alliance to launch a public input process for greening the Slack Plaza area. Then in 2011, the Alliance worked closely with the city on identifying and applying for a $652,000 grant, plus matching funds from the city, which was officially awarded this past February. These funds will be used to make improvements to the crosswalks on Capitol, Summers, Laidley and Court Streets and improvements to the Fife Street connector.

The Alliance is also contemplating organizing a small social event to be held at Slack Plaza sometime this summer or fall.

“A small gathering with music and entertainment for families will help to show off the potential of this space, “ said Susie Salisbury. “We are in the very early stages and we want to work and talk with the city about how the event could be organized and take place.”

“There has been such an increase in police presence from the Charleston Police Department, the timing is really good to begin encouraging the whole community to envision how the space can be used.”

A summary of recent activity is contained within this article and video from WCHS-TV located HERE.

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