If the area is cleaned up, she said, "This place could really be booming."
A few doors down Brawley Walkway at Fife Street Shoe Shop, a business that has existed since 1918, owner Andy Arthur said any positive change to the area would be welcome.
"They've been talking about this for awhile," he said. "Whatever they do might help."
Arthur said he has noticed an increased police presence in the area and he thinks it has helped to have officers nearby. On a recent afternoon, in fact, two officers were present in Slack Plaza, keeping watch on the area.
Thomas echoed Arthur's sentiment, noting that if she sees officers helping her customers or working, she gives them a free lunch.
At the other end of the corridor, the mall also has an interest in improvements.
Lisa McCracken, the marketing director for the mall, said lunch traffic during the workweek accounts for 1,000 visitors to the mall each day.
"Certainly that walkway is critical to Charleston Town Center's continued success," she said.
McCracken said the mall wants to continue to tie itself in better with the rest of the downtown, and the walkway helps with that purpose.
Slack Plaza in particular has been a frequent target of renovations by the city, and in 2010, the city received a federal grant to fund the design an overhaul. While the design was completed, money was never identified to pay for the construction.
Then, in 2012, renovations of Slack Plaza were again discussed at a city council meeting at which the council approved an application for state grant money to renovate the plaza. But that project also never came to fruition.
In February, city officials then decided to put the project on hold until the comprehensive and downtown redevelopment plans were released, which occurred earlier this month. Copies of the downtown development plan can be found in the link at the top of the story. The comprehensive plan can be viewed here.
Contact writer Matt Murphy at Matt.Mur...@dailymail.com or 304-348-4817.
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