In total, Edwards said the authority has about $600,000 invested in the park so far, between acquisition of the property, demolition of existing buildings and construction of the park. He said when all is said and done, around $1 million will be spent on the park and related activities.
Plans to build the park started coming together in the mid-2000s, and construction began in April of this year. The park has been a project of the urban renewal authority since its inception.
CURA Vice President Diane Strong-Treister said she thought that in the future, it may be a good idea to see if businesses in the East End would want to sponsor individual facilities at the park.
"If it's a community park, it'd be nice to see that," she said.
Strong-Treister also said she wanted to make sure the agency doesn't appear to show preferential treatment to certain neighborhoods over others it oversees.
"Somewhere we need to draw the line," she said. "We've spent a lot of money on this. It's only fair we represent the whole city."
In other business, the authority approved changes to façade grant programs in the city, raising limits from a $5,000 match per building to $20,000 per building or $5,000 per street address, whichever is greater.
In addition, all current and future facade grants in Charleston will be united under one standard application.
Until Wednesday, East End Main Street and West Side Main Street have nearly identical facade grant programs, but slightly different applications and processes. The grants are funded with urban renewal authority money.
East End Main Street Director Ric Cavender had previously asked to raise the facade grant limits in order to provide greater assistance to larger buildings. The authority told Cavender that as a condition of raising the limits, a single citywide application needed to be developed.
"I think it's definitely going to incentivize property and business owners," Cavender said of the changes to the program.
The authority also plans to use the standardized application for façade grants in the proposed "Downtown/Old Charleston Urban Renewal Plan" and the old "West Side Urban Renewal Plan," if those plans are approved by city council.
For the downtown urban renewal area, the authority would administer the grants initially. The Charleston Area Alliance would provide funding for facade design work, said Susie Salisbury, the vice president of community development for the alliance.
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