Sustained Outrage

Your city government in action, pt. 10

The Charleston Urban Renewal Authority, or CURA, will hold its monthly meeting Wednesday morning (May 20). As the agenda shows, the CURA board will receive an update on some of the renovations planned for Haddad Riverfront Park.

CURA has put up $500,000 to build a new entrance into the seating area from Kanawha Boulevard, and to do some streetscape-style improvements to the Boulevard and sidewalk in front of the park. The city, through a separate federal earmark, is building a canopy over the amphitheater and an overlook at the foot of Court Street.

Several neighborhood projects are also up for consideration:

* A request for matching funds from Capitol Market.

* Construction plans at 400 Patrick St. from Charleston Lincoln Mercury and ModSpace.

* A rezoning request, which will require an amendment to the East End Community Renewal Plan, to allow an auto detailing shop to rent the former SportMart warehouse near Plaza East in the East End.

Also, land acquisition for two park projects — one in the East End, one on the West Side — will be discussed in private executive session. Any formal action will be taken up afterward, in public.

The meeting starts at 9 a.m. in the CURA offices, in the back corner of the 2nd floor of the Morrison Building, 815 Quarrier St. As usual, the meeting is open to the public.