Good people are working hard to redevelop Washington Street in Charleston's East End. It's important for residents, Statehouse workers, and travelers coming off the interstate.
The artery has great potential, but deteriorated, it makes an unimposing first impression.
A good deal of progress has been made. The area has seen investment by local business people and national chains. Some distressed properties have been cleared and other properties are being redeveloped.
Things are perking along.
But for some reason, city planners are obsessed to the point of contemplating subsidies with attracting a grocery store. A site at 1315 Washington St. East has been discussed.
The grocery store focus should be re-evaluated.
In 2005, the Charleston Urban Renewal Authority paid about $700,000 for that one-acre plot, which had been occupied by a Burger King.
It was recently appraised at $525,000.
A lot of money has circled the drain already.
Furthermore, Jim Edwards, executive director of the Charleston Urban Renewal Authority, noted several realities: